Project cargo vessel carries locos for Namibia

Aug 30, 2004
Author: P&S

Making a maiden port call in Durban on Wednesday, 25 August was the Beluga Emotion, a 12 782-dwt ship completed recently in China.

The 138m long by 21m wide heavylift multi purpose vessel is designed specifically with project cargo in mind but can also accommodate up to 665 containers. On this particular voyage however the ship was carrying a particularly interesting cargo of four 98-ton diesel-electric locomotives and 30 tanker wagons built in China for TransNamib, the Namibian rail operator.

Namibia’s President Sam Nujoma and his entourage attended a ceremony in China to witness the handover and loading of the railway equipment. The cargo has since been discharged in Walvis Bay.

Beluga Shipping GmbH is a Bremen-based company founded in 1995 specialising in project cargo and which possesses a modern fleet currently numbered at ten ships owned with another eight on order.

South African agents are Mainport Africa Shipping, whose head office is here in Durban and which also operates a logistics company Mainport International Logistics.
The ship called for bunkers at New Pier 1.

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