Worldwide there are approximately 3,000 merchant ports and the work of the Harbour Master can vary widely from country to country and from port to port even within the same country.
The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) in collaboration with shipping company Maersk and TransNamib, the country’s rail unit, recently donated six 40 foot fitted-out refrigerated containers to the Ministry of Health and Social Services in that country.
This is in response to a need that came about as the country’s health system is being placed under immense pressure during the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The containers will be placed at the following areas in Namibia and transported by TransNamib:
* Windhoek (2)
* Otjiwarongo (1)
* Rehoboth (1)
* Gobabis (1)
* Onandjokwe (1)
The trio hopes this gesture will in some way ease the current burden experienced by the Ministry. The containers come with a tag price of N$ 1 million (R1 million).
Namport has contributed over N$ 1.5 million towards several initiatives over the past twelve months, donating over N$ 1.5 million towards medical facilities, equipment and protective gear to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
In a statement Namport said: ‘As an entity, we realise that this enemy is not only the responsibility of government alone, but that we as a nation can only win this war if we all collectively join our efforts and resources in this fight against
Covid-19. We continue to praise our brave health workers who, on a daily basis continue fighting in the front lines to save the lives of all Namibians. Namport remains committed to upholding its values of being committed, connected and caring.’
One of the 40ft reefer containers recently donated to Namibia’s Ministry of Health and Social Services.
This item first appeared in Africa Ports & Ships on 19 July
and appears here by kind permission of the Editor.
IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim has welcomed the World Health Organization’s decision to name seafarers as one of the groups of transportation workers that should be prioritised for Covid-19 vaccination in instances of limited supplies. This was reported on 22 July.
Updated guidance for Stage II of its vaccine roadmap from the WHO’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) states: ‘Seafarers and air crews who work on vessels that carry goods and no passengers, with special attention to seafarers who are stranded at sea and prevented from crossing international borders for crew change due to travel restrictions.’
IMO Secretary General Lim commented: ‘I am glad to see that the WHO recognises the importance of vaccinating seafarers on cargo ships.
‘These individuals are responsible for transporting over 80% of all goods around the world, including food, medicine and vaccine supplies – and have continued to do so despite extremely challenging circumstances. Seafarers will play a key role in the global recovery, and barriers to international travel and crew change must be removed.’
On 28 September 2019, a cargo tank containing styrene monomer on board the Cayman Islands registered chemical tanker Stolt Groenland ruptured causing an explosion and fire. The tanker was moored alongside a general cargo berth in Ulsan, Republic of Korea and the Singapore registered chemical tanker Bow Dalian was moored outboard. Ignition of the styrene monomer vapour resulted in a fireball, which reached the road bridge above. Both vessels were damaged, and two crew suffered minor injuries. Fifteen emergency responders were injured during the fire-fighting, which lasted for over six hours.
Rupture of the styrene monomer tank resulted from a runaway polymerisation that was initiated by elevated temperatures caused by heat transfer from other chemical cargoes. Elevated temperatures caused the inhibitor, added to prevent the chemical’s polymerisation during the voyage, to deplete more rapidly than expected. Although the styrene monomer had not been stowed directly adjacent to heated cargo, the potential for heat transfer through intermediate tanks was not fully appreciated or assessed.