Manganese to increase Luderitz port throughput by 60 per cent

NamPort Executive for Commercial, Immanuel !Hanabeb said the manganese project will culminate in additional 360,000 tonnes of cargo resulting in 60 per cent overall volume increase.

He said the current volume throughput of Namport through the port of Luderitz is 600,000 tonnes per year.

He was speaking at the commissioning of the first manganese shipment through the port of L and #971;deritz in L and #971;deritz.

The Port of Luderitz is targeting manganese from the Northern Cape Province of South Africa in the Hotazel area, the manganese is being transported through the Trans Oranje Corridor Route and at least 30 000 tonnes of manganese is expected to be transported on a monthly basis.

He added that Namport and TransNamib have forged synergy in securing manganese commodities from mining pit to the Port of Luderitz.

It is worth noting that Namport' strategic initiatives outcomes is privy in re-routing Manganese as enshrined in the Five by Five strategic initiatives outcome that of diversify product mix and increase throughput capacity he said.

He added that the Port of Luderitz is an integral part of Namibia's logistics hub master plan and would add further impetus towards economic development of the country.

!Hanabeb acknowledge that the handling of Manganese at the Port of Luderitz kicked-off with a host of environmental challenges however he was quick to say with NamPort risk assessments, along with inputs from the public regarding both environmental and health concerns, NamPort has ensured that these issues are given priority.

Namport operates an internationally certified safety, health, environmental and quality management system that ensures that all negative aspects which can have an impact on the environment and surrounding communities are identified and managed to prevent pollution or ill-health, !Hanabeb said.

He further said NamPort's clients must undertake independent environmental impact assessments and management plans and obtain environmental clearance before operating inside the Ports.

In a speech read on his behalf at the event Vice President, NangoloMbumba said extreme caution should be exercised when transporting and handling of the manganese ore to ensure adequate protection of the adjacent communities and the environment.

Additionally I urged the relevant authorities to regularly monitor and enforce the health and safety regulations, Mbumba said.

Source: Namibia Press Agency