Accolade for Walvis Bay
Apr 6, 2005
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The port of Walvis Bay in Namibia is claiming to be the first in southern Africa to become fully ISO 14001 compliant.
The recent accreditation follows an audit performed last September which covered all aspects of port operations and activities, including the ship repair facility. Preparation for the audit took two years to complete.
Several South African ports have also achieved ISO 14001 accreditation but so far only for port authority functions (which includes the marine department). The 13 cargo terminals come under the control of a separate company, SA Port Operations, and a number of others are operated by private companies. Some but not all of these have also received ISO 14001 accreditation.
On several occasions Walvis Bay has been voted the best port in Africa by an African competitiveness report. Namport has enjoyed some success in its efforts at positioning Walvis Bay as an alternate to South African ports and an Atlantic seaboard gateway to southern and central Africa. Two transport corridors, the Trans Kalahari between Walvis Bay and South Africa via Botswana, and the Trans Caprivi between the port and Zambia are in operation.
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