Dedication with heart to boot
Iréne-Mari van der Walt
After the Namibian Ports Authority Act was passed on 28 February 1994, the Namibian Port Authority (Namport) opened in the port of Walvis Bay. A year later, on 15 March 1995, the Diaz Point lighthouse and the port of Lüderitz were officially transferred to Namport.
Since then, Namport has aligned itself diligently with its vision of offering Africa’s best seaports.
In nearly three decades, business at Namport has expanded to accommodate 1 000 employees, of whom 900 work at the port of Walvis Bay and 100 report to the port of Lüderitz.
Namport prides itself on more than its award-winning service, though. The Namport Social Investment Fund (NSIF) is a point of great delight for Namport.
Most recently, the Namport Social Investment Fund donated N$300 000 to the Walvis Bay Kids Haven. This relationship has contributed roughly N$1.5 million to the Walvis Bay Kids Haven in the past eight years.
“I encourage other companies to follow this great example set by Namport and to support initiatives such as ours,” said Walvis Bay Kids Haven founder Maureen Baard.
Since being founded in 2006, the NSIF has contributed more than N$35 million to the betterment of Namibian lives all over the country.
Just from April last year to March this year, Namport has contributed more than N$2 million to improving the lives of members in their community.
In 2019, Namport reported the handling of more than 3.5 million tonnes of cargo, including more than 1.3 million tonnes of petroleum and more than 815 000 tonnes of salt, since September 2011.
In the seven years prior, Namport reported 1 720 visiting vessels.
Namport has also facilitated the beginnings of Namibia’s iron ore exports.
Elias Mwenyo, the commercial services executive of NamPort, marked the occasion with words of pride.
“This is a good improvement and is indicative of the fact that the Namibian Ports Authority continuously strives to attain its vision of becoming the port of choice for shipping lines delivering and taking cargo to and from Namibia and its landlocked neighbours. The Ports Authority’s investment in world-class equipment such as the construction of the new container terminal as well as the acquisition of the four state-of-the-art ship-to-shore cranes are yielding the desired results,” he said.
Mwenyo further cemented the Namport spirit when Namport offered Covid-19 vaccination to its Walvis Bay staff.
"At Namport, we believe that it is during hard times that the hero within us is revealed," he said at the occasion.