Namibia is expected to experience greater opportunities as a port and coastal state as global seaborne trade is expected to triple in the next 30 years, an official said.
Chairperson of Telecom Namibia, Fernando Somaeb, in a statement on Monday, following the recent inauguration of Namibia’s Navigational Telex (NAVTEX) system, said the country is well poised to take advantage of future maritime growth.
NAVTEX is a navigational system used onboard the vessels to provide short-range maritime safety information on coastal waters.
“In this case, ships in transit through Namibian waters would have the assurance that their communication would reach the Namibian contact center,” he added.
According to Walvis Bay deputy mayor, Penelope Martin-Louw, Namibia has reached global maritime safety standards by upgrading its NAVTEX system.
“The NAVTEX project is considered a major milestone for Namibia as a coastal state and budding maritime logistics hub,” she said, adding that the investment into the state-of-the-art system will keep Namibia compliant with international standards.
The NAVTEX forms part of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) which was developed by the International Maritime Organization.
“Maritime safety and GMDSS, of which NAVTEX is a key component, are therefore critical to the furtherance of our strategic objectives as a coastal state,” said Namibia’s Deputy Minister of Works and Transport, Sankwasa James Sankwasa.
Currently, Namibia is located near major international shipping routes and, over the last 10 years, the country has witnessed an increase in both visiting and passing maritime traffic. Enditem