Container terminal to start operations on 24 August

The countdown has started for the commissioning of the container terminal on reclaimed land in the port of Walvis Bay. An opening ceremony is scheduled for 2 August and the terminal would go operational by 24 August. 

The local shipping industry has already been notified that the current container terminal would close for business on 17 August in order to move all containers to the new terminal.A process has already begun whereby Namport’s six rubber tyre gantry cranes are moved from their current location to the new terminal. The first gantry crane was already moved over the weekend and is currently stationary near the south gate in 5th Road. The other five gantry cranes will also be moved to this location and from there they will be undertaking the journey of a few hundred metres to the new container terminal.  China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), the company that constructed the terminal, is now in the process of putting finishing touches to the construction project. The first reclamation work started in May 2014 and safe from a few months the project was completed in just over 5 years.

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