Chinese-built container terminal inaugurated in Namibia

Added On August 6, 2019

After five years of construction, Namibia's 400-million-U.S.-dollar new container terminal was inaugurated on Friday in Walvis Bay by the country's President Hage Geingob.
The president said the project is another indication that the country continues to make great strides toward achieving developmental objectives as outlined in the country's Vision 2030 strategic plan.
"From today, Walvis bay becomes a strategic gateway to the emerging markets of Southern and West Africa as well as those of Latin America. Today is a culmination of a long shared vision of transformation of Walvis bay."
The new container terminal was constructed on 40 hectares of land reclaimed from the sea by China Harbor Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC).
The container handling capacity of the new terminal was increased from the current 350,000 containers to 750,000 per annum.
Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming said the completed new container terminal is set to work hand in hand with the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.
"The port of the Walvis bay new container terminal is the largest engineering project since independence of Namibia, a land-mark project for the Country. After the completion of the project, the Walvis bay port container through-put will be doubled and handling the efficiency of the containers will be greatly improved and Namibia will take a tremendous step forward in its strategy to build walvis bay port into a regional logistic hub in southern Africa region.