NAMPORT Celebrates World Maritime Day

NAMIBIA Ports Authority (NAMPORT) has invited various stakeholders to join in the World Maritime Day slated for the 29 September 2022 under the theme “New technologies for greener shipping”.

“The theme reflects the need to support a green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future”, the parastatal announced in an email communique to Confidente.

“The theme furthermore provides an opportunity to focus on the importance of a sustainable maritime sector and the need to build back better and greener in a post pandemic world.

The purpose of the day is to appreciate the importance of maritime industry and to underline the importance of maritime security, maritime environment, safety, and shipping.

The day also marks the day of adaptation of International Maritime Organisation (IMO) convention in 1958. It was first observed in 1978.

Namport will be hosting a series of events in this regard.

These include port tours for schools and the public, boarding and viewing of navy ships, as well as career exhibitions.

According to Edith Kukuri, Public Relations Liaison Officer at Namport, as an institution the event speaks to their short and long-term goal of narrowing the skills gap in the maritime industry.

“There is an existing skills gap in terms of Namibians employed in our domestic maritime industry. When we were growing up, we were really not informed of opportunities available in this field, and as you know, learners are preparing themselves for future careers, as a result we view it of strategic importance that we play an integral part in shaping the future of Namibian learners by availing resources in in line with not only our organisational goals but Namibia’s national development goals in terms of skills development in the maritime sector”, Kukuri informed Confidente.