WINDHOEK: The governments of Namibia and Portugal will soon sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on capacity-building for the conservation of maritime heritage.
Portuguese Charge d’ Affaires Helena de Paiva said yesterday on the sidelines of a one-day stakeholders’ workshop underway in the capital that Portugal wants to train Namibians on how to better conserve a shipwreck and its collections discovered near Oranjemund in 2008.
The workshop deliberated on the future of the shipwreck discovered near Oranjemund in April 2008, and Paiva said after signing the MoU, students will be sent to Portugal to study how to conserve, preserve and protect the shipwreck, while other students will be trained in Namibia.
She then thanked the Namibian Government for its efforts and the investments of a lot resources aimed at conserving the shipwreck and its collections.
The shipwreck was discovered along the southern Sperrgebiet coastline with a priceless loot in the form of glittering gold coins and hundreds of almost mint-condition silver pieces.
The discovery was made inside Namdeb’s Mining Area 1, and according to Namibian heritage laws, the loot becomes the ownership of the Namibian Government.