| Written by Mark Buzinkay

Namibian Logistics specialist NamOps Logistics, located in Walvis Bay, is now equipped with the world’s most advanced Reefer monitoring and management system.

Reefer tracking solution in Walvis Bay, Namibia

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IDENTEC SOLUTIONS, a leading supplier of innovative wireless solutions, supplied Walvis Bay' logistics specialist NamOps Logistics with Reefer Runner, one of the world’s most advanced reefer monitoring and management solution, delivering visibility to the important south-west African port. The system was installed in the last quarter of 2021 and went live shortly after.

NamOps (Namibia Operations) Logistics is providing full service with container yard storage with pick up and transport operations and focus on optimising fully automated systems that enables their customers to track container movements in real-time. Using the latest technology enables them to provide full visibility and reliability to meet the highest quality standards in a challenging environment.

NamOps specializes in refrigerated containers with over 300 plugin points covering a range of products such as chicken, fish, meats, and seeds. In addition to refrigerated containers, NamOps handles between 120-150 dry containers per month. Their clients are located across southern Africa including, Namibia, South Africa, Botswana, Angola, Zambia.

Reefer Runner readers were installed to cover the reefer area ensuring that all refrigerated containers can be monitored and managed. Reefer Runner’s plug & play interface to NamOps current TOS, secured a seamless integration and smooth installation. The solution goes way beyond basic reefer temperature monitoring and provides true cool container management, handling the entire process while the containers are in NamOps’s care, allowing to access real-time data and reports via web-interface and, thanks to the optional modules “Energy Monitoring”, optimizing energy consumption and increasing efficiency.

“Reefer Runner was our preferred solution for our reefer cargo needs. It adds real-time visibility without the need to check reefers manually. From a safety point of view, this is important as we don't use racks. With this wireless solution we can stack up to three reefers high without using a ladder to monitor them. It even allows us to monitor reefer energy consumption without any extra hardware.” said Sergio Figueiredo, Project Manager NamOps Logistics.

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Refrigerated containers play an important role in Namibia's fishing industry. 90% of the catch is being exported, partly canned, partly refrigerated. The port of Walvis Bay constitute a vital link in the export of fish and fish products from Namibia to a global market.

The Port of Walvis Bay, situated on Africa’s southwestern coast, serves as a convenient and fast transit route, connecting southern Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas. A congestion-free port with minimum delays, the Port of Walvis Bay currently handles 7 million tonnes per annum and its total capacity equips it to handle 8 to 10 million tonnes of cargo. The new container terminal at the Port of Walvis Bay was officially inaugurated on 2 August 2019 and operationalised by 24 August 2019. This increased the throughput capacity to 750,000 TEUs (twenty-foot-equivalent unit) per year.

The southern African region constitutes 41% of Africa’s container throughput and is thus a critical player in the growth of the African continent. During the past two decades, the port has grown substantially, in both size and significance, from a minor national port to a key role player in the SADC region. With its recent substantial infrastructural investment in expanding the facilities at the Port of Walvis Bay, it is set to increase its relevance even more.

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