The Namibian (Windhoek)

15 January 2013

Namibia: First Black Namibian Port Captain Appointed

THE Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) has appointed Lukas Kufuna as port captain at Walvis Bay. Kufuna takes over this role from Captain Mussa Mandia, who served Namport from 2007-2012.

He is originally from the Kavango Region, and is a fully qualified and experienced officer.

According to a Namport press statement, Kafuna's roles will include providing safe and and efficient access to the port for Namibia's trading and fishing partners.

Kufuna studied under the Namport Cadet Bursary Scheme from 1999 to 2010. Today a qualified Master Mariner Class 1, he worked his way up the ranks to become the first black Namibian to be appointed captain of the Walvis Bay harbour.

Welcoming Kufuna, Namport CEO Bisey Uirab said: "We are delighted to have Captain Kufuna joining the port in the important role of port captain. Drawing on his extensive experience we are sure he will further enhance the expertise of our marine operations to ensure the safe movement of marine traffic and lead the marine and navigational services teams."

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