Walvis Bay is Namibia’s largest commercial port, receiving about 800 vessel calls each year and handling about 2 million tonnes of cargo.
Vessel Traffic Service:
Walvis Bay Port Control controls all shipping movements within port limits and keeps a 24 hour VHF radio watch on channel 16 and works on channels 12,14.
The port is a compulsory pilotage area. Requests for pilots must be directed to the Port Captain prior to arrival.
2x First class Azimuth-propelled tractor tugs with bollard pulls of 28 tonnes and 23 tonnes respectively
1x Small Azimuth-propelled pusher tug-The Cormorant with a bollard pull of 10 tonnes
1x Launch certified to carry 30 passengers
1x Grab dredger/anchor handling barge with an 80 cubic metre self propelled hopper.
Berths Length (CD) Length
1,2,3 503.8m -12.8m 457.2m
4,5,6,7 & 8 923.0m -10.6m 899.16m
Tanker Berth (Dolphin Type):
Accommodate Tanker: Length Depth (CD)
Minimum 28.0m – 10.0m
Maximum 192.0m – 10.0m
2x 45 tonne Reach Stackers with 20/40′ telescopic spreaders
1x 42 tonne Fantuzzi Reach Stackers with 20/40′ telescopic spreaders
1x 25 tonne forklift
1x 16 tonne forklift
1x 45 tonne forklift
8x 4 tonne forklifts
1x 7.5 tonne forklift
12x 3 tonne forklifts
2x shunting tractors
6x terminal haulers
36x trailers (11x40ft and 26x20ft)
8x 15 tonne skips
2x Liebherr mobile harbour tower harbour crane model LHM1300, maximum capacity 104 tonnes at 17 metres and 33 tonnes under the hook at maximum outreach of 45m.
Additional equipment is available through local agents.
The container terminal operates a designated container berth. Containers can also be worked at all other cargo berths subject to additional haulage fees. The new container terminal has 392 ground slots suitable for five-high storage and 224 electric sockets are available for reefer containers. Service at the container terminal is streamlined through a Container Terminal Information System. It computerises aspects such as gate control, ship to shore operations and container yard planning. In addition, clients can arrange remote access to the system. Land is available to increase the size of the terminal which could almost double the number of available ground slots.
Bulk Terminals (Privately Operated)
The port has two bulk terminals, each of which is capable of handling various bulk cargoes at 500 tonnes per hour.
Ro-ro vessels can be accommodated at berths nos 3 and 6.
Dolphin-type reinforced concrete tanker berth can accommodate tankers with a minimum length of 128 metres and maximum 192 metres LOA in depth 10 metres below chart datum.
Synchrolift Ship Repair Facility
A synchrolift with a lifting capacity of 2000 tonne (70m in length and 12 metre beam) is operated by Namport. Various private companies provide repair services.
Sheds & Storage Accommodation
Floor space for cargo sheds (2): 7900 square metres
Ore platforms, raised level (uncovered): 5708 square metres
Ore Bin (leased): 3864 square metres
Ore Bin (with conveyor ship loader – privately operated): 7454 square metres
Cold Storage – privately operated: 15000 cubic metres
Ample hard surface for ‘rough’ goods in excess of: 30 000 square metres
The port of Walvis Bay handles some 2 million tonnes of cargo p.a., consisting of dry bulk, break bulk, petroleum products and containerised cargo. The commercial harbour consists of a quay wall of 1.4km in length, divided into eight berths. A separate Tanker jetty caters for tankers of 128m to 192m in length and maximum of 10m draught. More than 900 vessels call at Walvis Bay per annum.
Lines with international links calling at Walvis Bay:
Unicorn Lines sailing bi-weekly between Durban / Cape Town and Walvis Bay.
Maersk Line sailing weekly to Europe.
M.A.C.S bi-weekly from Europe.
Cranes & Mechanical Appliances
Rail Mounted Wharf Cranes (Electric)
Rail Track Lifting
Berths 1,2,3,4 & 5 via pipeline and all other berths via road transport bunker fuel transfers in the inner anchorage are subject to prior approval by the Department of Transport (Marine Division) and the Port Captain and are monitored.
Can be supplied at any quay at a rate of 15 tonnes / hour.
Fire Prevention and Security
Fire protection service is available on a 24hour basis. Access to the harbour is controlled by security guards. Permits are required to enter controlled area.