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.
A new heatwave, the fourth since the beginning of June 2022, is ongoing in central and western Europe.
According to the national weather services, air temperatures between 9 and 14 August could again exceed 44°C in Spain, 40°C in France, 35°C in the south of the United Kingdom and 30°C in the Netherlands.
At the Port of Guam on 10 August the US Coast Guard recognized mariners aboard the CGA CGM Herodote for their action to save lives in March this year.
Captain Nick Simmons, US Coast Guard Forces Micronesia/Sector Guam, presented Captain Donald Moore and the crew a Coast Guard Certificate of Merit for their efforts to rescue fishers more than 100 miles off Japan after their vessel suffered a fire on 21 March.
Simmons said: ‘The efforts of Captain Moore and his crew honour the nautical tradition of assisting fellow mariners. Their bias for action and commitment were on display that day. Merchant mariners are an integral part of the global search and rescue enterprise, and especially in the vast Pacific, they are essential to saving lives.’