Namport Quayside Bulletin - October 2021

Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the Port of Rotterdam, readying itself to become the Green Hydrogen Export Hub for Europe and the rest of the World

René van der Plas - Director: Port of Rotterdam International with Namport CEO, Andrew Kanime signing the MoU

Namibia recently took a policy decision to position the country as a hub for the production and distribution of green hydrogen. This is premised on the fact that Namibia is amongst the top three countries on earth that have the world’s best wind and solar resources which are used to produce green hydrogen and has great expanses of open land that are suitable for hosting green hydrogen plants.


Green hydrogen is the key to future environmentally friendly energy requirements while the immense capital and resources attendant to the implementation of the green hydrogen revolution would be great enablers to employment creation amongst Namibians and the drive towards economic sustainability.


Namport has thus taken note of the great benefits which stand to accrue to the country and the region from the adoption and roll out of green hydrogen energy and the need to position our ports to facilitate the movement of project materials and other components initially during the construction phase of the projects and, the future export of the hydrogen and other by products to international markets.

The Namibian Ports Authority continues to record positive increases in its activities

It is said that “it’s how you emerge from a crisis that determines your quality and strength”. It is against this disposition that the Ports Authority continues to put vigorous efforts into delivering superior services to its clients.


As of April – September this year, the Ports Authority recorded a further increase of 17%  in cargo exported through the ports compared to the same period in 2020, another  16% increase in vessel calls and containers handled recorded an increase of 1.7% in comparison to the previous financial year.
Due to the ongoing global shortage in containers, it has become a phenomenon for shippers to opt for their consignments to be carried by bulk vessels to ensure continuity of operations and less dependency on containers.
The above means the multi-purpose terminal at the Port of Walvis Bay continued to be busy with bulk cargo being offloaded. We have seen a reduction in the number of COVID-19 cases nationally, which brings hope for a more stable economic growth for the country and global markets.
The Namibian Ports Authority is hopeful to see the return of passenger vessels in the near future, whilst adhering to all COVID-19 protocols. The return of these luxuries vessels will be a catalyst to the Namibian tourism industry.
Several noteworthy activities took place at the Port of Walvis Bay during the month of October 2021.
8,500 tonnes of copper destined for the United States of America that were loaded onto the bulk carrier Unisea at the Port of Walvis Bay
8,330 tonnes of mining equipment offloaded from the Top Elegance vessel and destined for local and Zambian mines 
13,500 tonnes of Bulk and breakbulk items for local mines and businesses, as well as Botswana, Zambia, DRC and Zimbabwe discharged from the OBS Venus vessel 
36,200 metric tonnes of copper concentrate for a local mine were offloaded from the Beira vessel at the Port of Walvis Bay and transported via road to their final destinations

Namport Social Investment Fund

A friend in education

The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) through its Social Investment Fund, NSIF, recently concluded its roadshow activities for 2021. A series of handovers were conducted in Oshikoto, Oshana and Kavango-East regions respectively.


The donations consisted of MBX team, a non-profit organization which operates in Omuthiya, Oshikoto region receiving one furbished container valued at N$ 57,000.00. The container will be used as a storage place for the NGO’s bicycles.


The NamCycling is supported by the Namibian Cycling Federation (NCF) and aims at empowering children within the community with skills in cycling and road safety so as to keep the young members of the community out of trouble. The NGO has since its inception in 2015, managed to positively influence the lives of more than 260 children in its communities.

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