The Walvis Bay Port Users Association (WBPUA) recently welcomed Riaan Lottering (MD of Walvis Bay Stevedoring) as its new chairperson. Already citing the need to re-establish WBPUA as a body that can confidently participate in addressing issues of concerns with various Ministerial Offices involved in the logistics and fishing sectors, Lottering is ready to pursue his new position with vigour. Serving as a body that engages with various Government institutions, the WBPUA represents all entities associated with cargo, freight and shipping activities at the Port of Walvis Bay. “We work on behalf of our members to ensure that problems of a common nature is resolved through one body as opposed to individual companies directly approaching the ministry involved. A benefit of this association is the accumulated well of knowledge and experience to facilitate trade on our Corridors”.
Additionally, the expansion of the Port of Walvis Bay holds many opportunities for this body. “The decision to invest in a project of this nature and magnitude was a worthy step towards steering the Port to becoming the first choice amongst consumers on the West Coast. Once the new development is completed, the additional space will make it possible for more vessels to dock, thus creating an influx of business”.
With the objective to uplift the quality levels of the service in the Logistics Industry and to assist members in annual rate increase negotiations; the importance of WBPUA remains. “There will always be a need for a platform where companies can gather and discuss problems of common interest, find solutions and to share this knowledge. “WBPUA is the voice of its members”, Lottering concludes.
With 26 years in the industry, Lottering brings with him experience in the fishing sector, with stevedores, shipping and clearing agencies. He further holds a Diploma in Vessel Management from London’s Lloyd’s Maritime College and a Masters in Business Administration in Shipping and Logistics from Middlesex University. “My experience enables me to have a very good understanding of the needs of our members, which allows for good representation of our members”, says Lottering.
[source: WBCG Newsletter]