LUDERITZ, 29 APR – The Minister of Fisheries and Marine Resourses, Bernhardt Esau on Friday inaugurated a N$ 12 million ice facility of the National Fishing Corporation of Namibia (Fishcor) in Lϋderitz in the //Kharas Region.
Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Esau said it is well known that fish is an extremely perishable resource and requires proper cold chain management.
According to Esau, the ice facility is the solution to challenges in the fishing industry of keeping fish fresh between the stages of extraction from the sea through to the distribution of processed products.
He said with the new plant, Lϋderitz-based vessels will not have to travel to Walvis Bay to procure ice to facilitate the fishing process.
“This facility is thus a very significant project for the company’s operation as it will improve the vessels turnaround time. This will greatly enhance the company’s capacity to meet its customer demands of high quality fish, delivered in a timely manner from right here in Lϋderitz,” Esau remarked.
The ice plant has a production capacity of 100 metric tons of ice per day and a holding capacity of 150 metric tons. It also has the capacity to supply other fishing companies with ice, both in Lϋderitz and Walvis Bay upon request.