Vesconite Bearings, the maker of advanced, self-lubricating polymers, in March dispatched several marine orders to Namibia, the Southern African country that borders Zambia, Angola, Botswana, and South Africa.
While global shipping lines have been making a loss as a result of decreased shipping vessel sizes, Namibia is planning ahead for shipping-industry growth.
Namibia has, to this end, started implementing several mega projects to expand capacity and capture a larger share of Southern African port traffic.
Vesconite Bearings hopes to be part of the growth of the Namibian port and marine industry and has already seen an increase in interest from this region, as a result of marketing and a successful roadshow to the country.
The three marine orders that were dispatched to Namibia in March were from a ship-repair-supplier company based in Walvis Bay, Namibia’s largest commercial port, which receives about 3,000 vessel calls each year and handles about 5 million tons of cargo.
“With a warehouse in Johannesburg, South Africa, Namibian marine customers can quickly obtain rudder bearings and stern tubes from Vesconite Bearings depending on the urgency of their order,” tells stores manager Martin Nyathi.
“Customers can ask for delivery via airfreight, express road freight or economy road freight, with delivery times ranging from one-to-two-days, three-to-four-days and one-to-two-weeks, depending on the courier option chosen,” he says.