The completion of the container terminal at Walvis Bay at a cost of N$4 billion in August 2019 has more than doubled the port’s handling capacity from 350,000 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) to 750,000 TEUs. Development of the Walvis Bay North Port, 6 km north of South Port, is continuing in phases. Facilities include dry bulk, multi-purpose, liquid bulk and passenger boat terminals, as well as 30 berths.
Namport has established an excellent reputation for the efficiency and reliability of its operations, as well as the rapid turnaround time of vessels. The waiting time for vessels at sea has been reduced to less than eight hours while container transit time has been reduced from 15.5 days to 9.5 days.
The port of Lüderitz, 450 km south of Walvis Bay, serves the southern parts of the country, as well as the local fishing industry and the marine diamond industry. The rail network provides a convenient link with South Africa’s Northern Cape Province. The port is, however, constrained by its shallow depth, bedrock which makes dredging financially and environmentally not feasible and the limited land area for expansion. Namport plans to develop a deep water port at Lüderitz by way of a public private partnership.
The Namibia Airports Company (NAC), a state-owned commercial enterprise, is responsible for the development, management and operation of the country’s two international airports, Hosea Kutako International Airport and Walvis Bay International Airport, as well as six domestic airports, including Eros Airport in Windhoek which services domestic routes.
Expansions to Hosea Kutako International Airport will easily double the airport’s passenger handling capacity from one million to a projected two million a year until 2030. The NAC plans to spend over N$1.3 billion to upgrade and improve all eight airports to international standards over the next five years.
Regional and international flights to and from Namibia were disrupted by COVID-19, but Windhoek continues to be linked to Johannesburg and Cape Town in neighbouring South Africa. International airlines that suspended flights to Namibia as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have started to resume flights, travel health regulations and passenger loads allowing. FlyWestair, Namibia’s first and currently only privately-owned airline, operates some domestic flights and a direct flight between Windhoek and Cape Town.
The country’s excellent transport infrastructure is served by an efficient logistics sector with international links, ensuring the efficient operation of the supply chains of local, regional and international customers. Services include, amongst others, warehousing, clearing and freight forwarding, cargo handling, stevedoring, cross-border and intermodal freight.