Walvis Bay, Kranzberg railway progresses

By Hilary Mare

THE second consignment of rails that are meant for the upgrading of the Walvis Bay to Kranzberg railway line section stretching about 210km were delivered at the Port of Walvis Bay last week signalling significant progress of the project.

The rails delivered were about 3860 steel rails weighing around 7500 metric tonnes and were discharged from the general cargo vessel Vestis Isle.

In late July this year, the first batch of 6679 tonnes of steel rails arrived at the Port. This was part of a consignment of 20 000 tonnes intended for upgrading of the railway infrastructure.

Robert Kalomho, Director: Railway Infrastructure Management from the Ministry of Works and Transport commented: “The delivery of the 20,000 tons is envisaged to be done in three batches with delivery to laydown areas [Walvis Bay, Arandis and Usakos] to be completed in 60 weeks. The last delivery of 5821 tonnes is expected to be delivered in March 2020.”

Commercial Executive at Namport, Immanuel Tino !Hanabeb congratulated the team at the multipurpose terminal for pushing the boundaries in delivering exceptional customer service.

“The team managed to discharge the rails in about 7 days, compared to previous discharges. Namport is dedicated to providing excellent service delivery and constantly challenging the status quo,” he said

The realisation of this infrastructure upgrade will see an easing of heavy cargo on the road system and furthermore lower landside transport costs into the region.

The railway upgrade is part of the N$288 million Transport Infrastructure Project, which is financed by the government and African Development Bank.

The transport project is intended to promote linkages to the Walvis Bay sea port in particular – to support the Southern African state’s Vision 2030 objectives which include the establishment of a regional logistics hub. It includes not only the upgrade of rail but also road networks.