Namport Quayside Bulletin - June 2022

Namport inks a Memorandum of Agreement with the Port of Antwerp Bruges International
Sealing the agreement with a handshake are Mr Jacques Vandermerien, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Antwerp Bruges International with Mr Andrew Kanime, Chief Executive Officer of Namport and Mr Mario Lievens, Course Programme Director at the Flanders Port Training Center

Both parties will cooperate on various strategic issues and recognize the potential of hydrogen production in Namibia and export from Namibia, highlighted by the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Ministry of Mines and Energy of the Republic of Namibia and the Federal Ministry of Energy of the Kingdom of Belgium, signed at Glasgow on the 3rd of November 2021.


The agreement compels both parties to promote the development and improvement of port-driven green energy solutions, global waterborne transport infrastructure and enhancement of economic, environmental and social benefits and to be proactive in dealing with the impact of climate change.


The MoU further encourages all parties to advertise the various services that each can offer by informing maritime companies of the advantages of making use of the respective ports, including its service quality and the handling of shipping lines.


This working relationship speaks directly to the quest of the Namibian government in promoting the country as a potential producer and exporter of Green Hydrogen to European countries and beyond.


In November 2021 Namport entered into a collaborative working relationship with the Port of Rotterdam by signing an MoU which would position both ports in becoming green hydrogen export hubs and facilitate the forecasted growth and flow of the green hydrogen supply chain from Namibia to Rotterdam in the Netherlands.


The MOU between Namport and POABI/APEC shall be valid for a period of 5 (five) years and can thereafter be renewed if both ports wish to do so.

Namport hosts its first-ever Environmental Week
Namport staff members planted trees at the Port of Walvis Bay with the aim to create green belts as part of Namport’s corporate sustainability drive

The Namibian Ports Authority successfully launched its first-ever Environmental Week last week Monday, until Friday, 10 June 2022. The activities were in commemoration of World Oceans Day (08 June) and World Environmental Day (05 June), an annual day set aside for encouraging awareness and action geared towards protecting the environment.  


The day was celebrated under the theme “ONLY ONE EARTH” which calls for collective transformative action on a global scale to celebrate, protect and restore our planet.


The Environmental Week at Namport, which will be an annual event on our calendar, is part of the company’s sustainability drive and realizing its commitment to creating a sustainable organization by protecting,  and where possible, enhancing its social, environmental, and economic impacts, preventing pollution, ensuring good governance, reducing social inequality, and driving sustainable economic development.


The activities included the

  • Beat Plastic Pollution Competition with the aim to encourage employees to shift from the use of plastic bags to other forms of environmentally friendly bags when doing their shopping;
  • Tree Planting inside the port to create green belts as part of Namport’s
     corporate sustainability drive;
  • Port Clean-up campaign to ensure the creation of a conducive environment for the company’s port users, tourists, and vessels;
  • Exhibiting at the World Oceans Day hosted by the Municipality of Walvis Bay (10-11 June 2022).
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