Welcome to the port of Walvis Bay
Strategically located half way down the coast of Namibia, with direct access to principal shipping routes, Walvis Bay is a natural gateway for international trade. The Port Walvis Bay is Namibia’s largest commercial port, receiving approximately 3,000 vessel calls each year and handling about 5 million tonnes of cargo. The Port of Walvis Bay is a secure, efficient and world-class port. Temperate weather conditions are experienced all year round and no delays are caused by weather. Its world-class infrastructure and equipment ensure reliable and safe cargo handling.
The Port of Walvis Bay handles container imports, exports and transshipments, as well as bulk and break-bulk of various commodities. Namport serves a wide range of industries such as the petroleum, salt, mining and fishing industries. Both bulk and bagged salt are exported from the Port of Walvis Bay. The transport corridors managed by Walvis Bay Corridor Group make access to the hinterland easy and fast. As such, the Guateng market in South Africa can be reached via the Trans-Kalahari Corridor instead of going via Durban or Cape Town, saving 7 to 11 days of transit time. Transit time from Antwerp to the Port of Walvis Bay is 17 days.
Deep-water anchorage is available inside the harbour, and is protected by the natural bay and by Namport. The port is compliant with the International Ship and Port Facility Security code (ISPS). In order to deal with even higher levels of throughput, Namport have steadily improved its cargo-handling facilities, and remains committed to infrastructure development, in line with Namport’s Mission to provide efficient and effective port and related services.
As a country with one of the most productive fishing grounds in the world, the fishing industry in Namibia is intrinsically linked to the lives of many citizens, 14,000 of whom are directly employed as sea-going or onshore processing workers.
The towns of Walvis Bay and Lüderitz have always been closely linked to the local commercial fishing industry. Equally, the two ports serve as a vital link in the exporting of fish and fishing products from Namibia to the rest of the world.
The world-wide cruise line industry is growing at 5 to 6 percent per annum, with 22 million passengers taking a cruise holiday during 2015. While residents of Walvis Bay have become accustomed to seeing huge cruise vessels along its shore, this market is still mainly untapped. The New Container Terminal develoment project also makes provision for a dedicated cruise vessel berth, which will be able to accommodate passenger vessels of up to 300 metres overall length and depth of -11 metres chart datum. This will undoubtedly lead to the expansion of this market.
Although currently not a direct contributor to Namport’s revenue base, Walvis Bay’s maritime tourism activities form an important part of the town’s character. As part of Namport’s planned expansion, a new waterfront and marina development will completely change the face of the current yacht club and waterfront. This development, which will be partly financed and owned by Namport, and partly developed in conjunction with private developers, could broaden Namport’s revenue base.
The current Port Limit in the North is on the parallel of latitude 22° 51′.3 S.
However the proposed new Port Limits will be as follows:
Mid limits: Lat. 22° 51′ 03.4″S – Long. 014° 26’01″E
Southern limits: Lat. 22° 57′ 06.6″ S – Long. 014° 24′ 04″ E
The Chart in use for approaches to Walvis Bay is BA chart number 4134 (INT 2611), dimensions of the berths 1-3 is 154400 and berths 4-8 is 182000. The distances between bollards 1-26 is 19m (i.e. berths 1-3), while from bollards no 27-86 is 15m. (berths 4-8) respectively.