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Strategic Expansion of Walvis Bay Container Terminal


  • Référence: P-NA-DD0-002
  • Date d’approbation: 22/07/2013
  • Date de début: 11/03/2014
  • Date d'évaluation: 18/03/2013
  • Statut: En coursOnGo
  • Agence d'implémentation: NAMIBIAN PORTS AUTHORITY (Namport)
  • Emplacement: Namibia


2.1 Project objectives and components 2.1.1 The objective of the project is to increase the port capacity and efficiency in order to attract increased cargo volumes for transshipment and transit trade transforming the port to become the main gateway on the west coast of Southern Africa whilst also opening up expansion of the port's other activities especially bulk handling to cater for the growing mining industry as well as ship and rig repair services. This translates to the following outcomes: facilitating development of the major interconnecting trade and transport corridors (roads and railways); economic benefits related to the reduction of freight rates through effective and increased utilization of railways; creating employment in support of the Government's Targeted Intervention Programme for Employment and Economic Growth (TIPEEG); realizing the benefits of economies of scale on marine transport, i.e., larger ships bring in more volumes at lower freight rates; and enhancing the viability of an Economic Processing Zone (EPZ) in Walvis Bay. 2.1.2 The project is the expansion of the Walvis Bay port container terminal increasing the annual throughput capacity from 355,000 TEUs to 1,005,000 TEUs. The Port has currently reached its full capacity with an urgent need for expansion and upgrade of the 50 years old infrastructure to remain competitive. The components are presented in Table 2.1 and technical annex B2 provides the rationale behind the design of each of the components. ? Table 2.1 Project Components COMPONENT NAME(UA million)COMPONENT DESCRIPTION A. New terminal construction on reclaimed land179.32

(i) Survey, investigations and detailed engineering design of the new container terminal;

(ii) dredging of the turning basin in front of the new container terminal to a depth of -14.4 m (-16.0 m depth along the quay wall);

(iii) land reclamation for the new container terminal;

(iv) a modern container terminal consisting of quay walls, 4 STS (ship-to-shore) cranes, paved areas, buildings, roads and railway lines, and services reticulation. B. Supply and installation of Rubber Tired Gantry Cranes12.84 Supply and installation of 8 RTGs (rubber tired gantry cranes) and relocation of existing 6 RTGs from the current container terminal C. Ancillary activities 20.51 Supply and installation of terminal operating system, communication / remote control system, workstations, electricity supply upgrade, trainings, etc. D. Logistics Trade Facilitation (MIC TA Grant)N/A Complementary activities to the port expansion project in support of the Government's plans to develop Namibia into a regional logistics hub by 2017. This component is in two parts: Part 1 includes:

(i) development of a logistics master plan,

(ii) capacity building for the Walvis Bay Corridor Group, and

(iii) road safety assessment along the Walvis Bay Corridors; Part 2 is Technical Assistance to the Ministry of Trade to prepare a "Single Window Environment". Total Base Cost212.67


The project objective is to increase the capacity and efficiency of the Walvis Bay Port to respond to the growing freight demand whilst promoting the use of an alternative maritime access on the south-western coast of Africa to serve the SADC landlocked countries.


1.1 Project linkages with country strategy and objectives Country Regional Perspective 1.1.1 At the regional, national and company level, the project aligns with the following:

(i) SADC Regional Infrastructure Development Master plan identifies the port of Walvis Bay as a regional port providing Namibia's landlocked neighbors, access to regional and international markets promoting regional integration and stimulating increased trade and development of the regional economies;

(ii) Namibia's National Development Plan (NDP4) (2012/13-2016/17), focuses to establish the country as a regional logistics hub and the expansion of the Walvis Bay port features under the Logistics pillar in NDP4 as a priority project;

(iii) Namibia's Integrated Transport Master Plan completed in 2013, presents a long-term (30 years) development path to establish an integrated multimodal transport system and to identify various transport development projects to remove bottlenecks in the present system in order to expand the capacity of all modes of transport to their full potentials, the expansion of the port features in this transport master plan;

(iv) Namport's Business Plan 2013-2017 priorities this expansion project in order to meet its strategic objectives of increasing throughput capacity and improving port efficiency. The Bank's Perspective 1.1.2 At the Bank level, the project fits within:

(i) Bank's Long Term Strategy core operational priorities of Infrastructure Development and Regional Integration;

(ii) Southern Africa Regional Integration Strategy Paper (RISP) 2011 -2015 Pillar 1 which promotes development of regional transport and trade infrastructure;

(iii) Bank's Country Strategy Paper (CSP) 2009-2013 for Namibia strategic pillars I and III referencing the Bank's interventions to develop multi-modal transport facilities on the Walvis Bay Corridors to foster regional integration. 1.2 Rationale for Bank's involvement 1.2.1 The rationale for the Bank's involvement is manifold:

(i) the project serves up to seven major economies (Namibia, Angola, DRC, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa) and thus has a major developmental impact on trade in the region;

(ii) the port is of utmost priority to the Government of Namibia to realise its development plans by 2017;

(iii) the port is currently operating at full capacity (throughput of 337,000 TEUs in 2012) and most of the infrastructure has reached the end of its design life (over 50 years old) with an urgent need for expansion to meet the increasing demand and to maintain its efficiency and reliability to remain competitive;

(iv) several financing institutions have shown keen interest to finance this project but through continuous dialogue with Namport and the Government and through marketing of the Bank's lending products, the Bank has featured as the preferred financier for this project;

(v) the Bank needs to regain its position as the preferred lending partner in the SADC region and particularly in Namibia to show its full potential as the champion in developing flagship infrastructure projects in the continent;

(vi) this project has significant regional impact and stimulates private sector development and investments with the potential to open up opportunities for subsequent Bank interventions in the country.

Contacts clés



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GovernementZAR 16.855.902
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DeltaZAR 12.289
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