Andrew Kanime now 150 days at the helm of the Namport ship

The Namibian Ports Authority, Namport, recently hosted a media day at the Port of Walvis Bay. Invited members of the media could engage with Mr Andrew Kanime, Chief Executive Officer, on his 150 days at the helm of the Namport ship. The main aim of the engagement was to share the latest developments within Namport, their vision as a business and the plans for the business going forward.

During his address, Mr Kanime highlighted his engagements with various clients and key stakeholders, internal and the trade union. “The purpose of these engagements was really to understand key achievements and challenges as well as what is happening on the ground so that we can collectively put into place measures that will enable us to take Nam-port to the next level”, Mr Kanime explained.
He added that Namport is hailed as a great company, by both internal and external stakeholders alike, “not only for our country but the region at large”. In the same breath, Mr Kanime thanked the current and previous Boards of Directors, predecessor Chief Executive Officers and every Namport staff member for the commendable work to-wards building this great company, Namport, over the years.
Mr Kanime took this opportunity to introduce Namport’s revised vision, “to be the best per-forming seaports in Africa”, as well as the four key strategic themes that will be deployed, namely: Build Institutional Capacity; Drive Operational Efficiencies; Enhance Customer and Stakeholder Value, and Optimise Sustainable Growth
“These are the themes that we will focus on over the next five years to enable us to achieve our vision of becoming “the best performing seaports in Africa”. The themes are supported by specific strategic objectives and initiatives which we shall be aggressively executing”, he stated.

Furthermore, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and global economic crunch, “businesses that can exercise extreme austerity will be able to maintain sustainability”, Mr Kanime highlighted as an important lesson to learn.
“The only way we can therefore be effectively competitive is through differentiation in the services we offer to our clients. We are happy to report that we continue to make inroads in this regard and to work towards offering af-fordable tariffs through streamlined operating costs can only amplify this competitiveness”.
During the Q&A session regarding the manganese at the Port of Lüderitz, Mr Kanime explained that since the inception of the manganese volume from South Africa, Namport has handled 30 000 tons of two-vessel shipment a month, this led to a total of 720 000 tons annually.
To be competitive on the freight rate, Namport management is in the process of implementing a trans-shipment operation.

The envisaged trans-shipment operation will entail, a trans-shipment feeder vessel that will be stationed at the Port of Lüderitz and this shipment vessel will serve as a feeder vessel to the Panamax or Cape Max vessel at anchorage.
“The plan is to load 80 000 to 120 000 tons twice a month and dispatch it directly to China.
The main advantage is it will reduce the freight rate drastically”. The Port of Lüderitz is therefore in the competitive sphere of trade facilitation and thus a catalyst towards SADC regional economic integration and Intra-Africa, under the African Continental Free Trade Area.
In his closing remarks, Mr Kanime expressed that “while the immediate future will be extremely tough, we re-main bullish about the prospects, we have what it takes to weather the storm and emerge even stronger.
We remain committed to maintaining the correct focus and alignment in our priorities to harness new business volumes, attract and retain customers and to improve and enhance quality of service and streamline operating costs”.

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