Walvis Bay can become ship-building hub

Rudi Bowe
The case is proven once more for Walvis Bay’s potential as a ship building hub. 3C Metal Belmet Namibia recently completed the fabrication of 3 000 tons of steel works for Debmarine’s newly constructed marine diamond mining ship, now only known as “the AMV3”.

“AMV3” comes at a price tag of N$7 billion. The vessels name is yet to be announced and a quayside christening ceremony is planned in Walvis Bay.

The AMV3 was constructed at Damen Shipyard in Romania and is scheduled for its maiden ocean launch some time this month. The remaining months of the year will be used in Romania to complete all systems post-ocean launch and the vessel will then depart for Cape Town early in 2021.

In Cape Town, the last remaining work will be completed. That includes fitting  the structures fabricated in Walvis Bay and transported to Cape Town.

Thanks to the commitment by Debmarine to continuously invest in its mining operations, the company will mine 5 000 carats of marine diamond more once the vessel is commissioned.

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