TransNamib procures six new trains from Brazil
WALVIS BAY – STATE-OWNED railway enterprise, TransNamib, has procured six new trains from Brazil that were offloaded at the Port of Walvis Bay on January 13, 2016.
They are expected to be operational in about two weeks, TransNamib Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mbahupu Hippy Tjivikua, said.
He said the trains are worth about R300 million, which was sourced from the Namibian Government.
TransNamib, he said, now owns 97 trains, only 52 of which are operational, while the others are not in working order.
“These are the best locomotives TransNamib ever bought; they have modern technology and are fuel efficient. I have no doubt that they will serve their purpose,” he said.
Tjivikua explained that the procurement process started two years ago with the aim to ensure efficient transportation of goods in the country.
He said the procurement of the new trains was necessitated by the need to replace the ageing fleet. TransNamib is expecting the new trains to increase company profit because more goods would now be transported than before, he said.
“We need to acquire 80 extra trains in the next four years for us to be able to say we are at a good standard,” said the CEO.
The ageing railway is another challenge for the company but Tjivikua said it is receiving attention.
“We cannot bring new trains to use on old railway lines, so what we are going to do in the meantime is to repair the railways.” – Nampa