New generation “smart salt trucks” soon introduced for Walvis Bay

Walvis Bay Salt Holdings announced this week a new generation of salt trucks would be commissioned by 2021, to haul bulk salt between the salt mine south of Walvis Bay and the port of Walvis Bay. Up to 700 000 tons of bulk salt are transported annually.

The new fleet of smart trucks (officially known as the A – Double Side tipper truck) would be introduced by Unitrans Namibia, the official transport contractor for Walvis Bay Salt Holdings. Walvis Bay Salt Holdings will become the first company in Africa to introduce these smart trucks to its operations.
The new trucks are twenty seven metres long (the current fleet of interlink trucks are twenty five metres long), but is drastically more efficient in that it has less bearing on the road, a wider turn circle, high rollover stability and less salt spillage.
The smart truck has almost double the load capacity of the current fleet of interlink trucks and would haul a total of 64 tons in one go. The drastic improvement in load capacity will ensure the current daily sorties between the salt pans and the port of Walvis Bay would be reduced from a current 80 trips per day to 44. In addition more axles added to these smart trucks will also reduce the burden on the roads by 11 %
The Managing Director of Walvis Bay Salt Holdings, Mr. André Snyman assured residents of Walvis Bay on Wednesday that the new truck concept would lessen the current impact bulk salt transport has on certain streets in the harbour town, most notably Kovambo Nujoma Lane and 5th Road. Just the fact that the number of daily trips will halve, the new generation truck will generate less noise and has reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
Snyman further said Walvis Bay Salt Holdings will continue to look at solutions to reduce the impact bulk salt hauling has on certain segments of Walvis Bay’s public infrastructure. The Company will also not hesitate to embrace new concepts and new technology as it develops, to reduce the impact.
“Bear with us. We will continue to look for solutions”, he said.

Salt pipeline not available

Walvis Bay Salt Holdings announced this week it has abandoned plans to construct a salt transportation pipeline between the salt pans and the port of Walvis Bay. The under-ground pipeline would have crossed the Walvis Bay lagoon.

The Managing Director of Walvis Bay Salt Holdings, Mr. André Snyman explained during a public meeting the pipeline would cost between N$250 and N$300 million and that the return on investment would not be possible.
Snyman added Walvis Bay Salt Holdings continues to investigate options for the mass transportation of salt between the mine and the port of Walvis Bay in a sustainable manner. Snyman said any new technology or methods that could in future cut out the use of trucks would be welcomed. In the meantime, the Company continues to invest in vehicles with technology that reduces noise, emissions, and vibration. (See other reports on page 1 and 2 in this regard).

Brick paving the answer

At a public meeting at Walvis Bay Salt Holdings on Wednesday, the idea was floated to replace the current blacktop surface on the intersection of Nangolo Mbumba Drive and 5th Road (picture) with a brick paving surface. According to the General Manager of Roads and Building Control of the municipality of Walvis Bay, Mr. André Burger, that would protect the road surface from deforming under the wheels of heavy vehicles. A brick paving surface has much more resistance against the torque of vehicle and truck wheels. Mr. Burger called for a pubic-private partnership to replace the intersection’s surface, suggesting the cost must be absorbed by the municipality and Walvis Bay Salt Holding in equal portions.




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