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New container terminal officially opened

NAMIBIA, Walvis Bay: There was much fanfare today as President Dr Hage Geingob officially opened the newly developed container terminal at the Port of Walvis Bay. The project, which entailed the reclamation of 40 hectares of land from the sea, will effectively boost the port's capacity to handle containers from 350,000 TEU to more than 750,000 TEU.
The development of the container terminal is consistent with the country’s drive to be viewed as the logistics hub for the Southern Africa Region. "The completion of the container terminal expansion puts us on a firm trajectory towards realising our dream of transforming Namibia into an international logistics hub," said President Geingob at the inauguration today, noting the port's trajectory from its humble beginnings as a fishing harbour.

While the new container terminal at the Port of Walvis Bay was officially launched with much fanfare on August 2, the port is looking beyond cargo to the potential for tourism.

With the expansion of the port, a special wharf was constructed to accommodate cruise ships and a waterfront of international standard is on the cards, according to the mayor, Immanuel Wilfried. “We are getting ready to accommodate an increased number of tourists – and the demand from various companies to purchase land is very high. Land for the construction of an oil refinery has just been allocated,” he said.
The new container terminal will have the capacity to handle 750 000 twenty-foot equivalent unit (TEUs).