S.A. Industry Growth
Dry-dock availability only one large dock per major
port - we lack flexibility for ship owners.
National Port Authority owns and operates docks. Ship
Repair companies conduct repairs. Dock infrastructure
in poor condition.
Dry-dock rentals rank amongst the highest in the
world due to industry misalignment.
Dry-dock bookings operate on a first come first serve
basis irrespective of project potential value.
NPA do not make money from docking and thus
feel they subsidize ship repair industry.
Incidentally the only privately owned dock in SA
does operate profitably.
Ship repair have difficulty marketing expensive
dock with poor infrastructure.
Government needs to consider the total revenue
outcome for the South African Economy given that
tax revenues from this industry supersedes dry-
International ship yards own and operate more
than one dry-dock per shipyard – offering
flexibility and dock availability.
Shipyards invest in cranes and equipment.
Recent survey of yards internationally with docks
wider than 85m beam concluded 4 dry-docks per
yard and new building yards had 7 docks per yard.
Our dry-docks are all below 45m beam.
Cape Town and Durban have 3 yards per Port
sharing one dry-dock.
In SA = misaligned
shipyards can not invest in facilities and cranes.
The NPA does not make a reasonable return as a
passive service provider to the industry.
Solution = concession operating of docks to yards
to allow the correct investment and operating
Generates foreign income
Massive sustainable job creator
Essential port service and national strategic
Large generator of tax revenue
Cape Town Port
SA’s closest port to West African oil fields
Industry has traditionally serviced oil rigs, supply
vessels and offshore related ships such as crane
Offshore vessels are too large for the Suez Canal and
thus round the Cape
Over 10 500 people are employed in this industry in
Cape Town alone
For over 20years we have formed various oil and
gas committees, industry clusters such as Cape
Ship Repair, tendered 3 times on ship lift facilities,
explored upgrading A Berth for Oil and Gas.
Sadly we continue to lose repair projects to Walvis
Bay and other ports and not one infrastructural
realignment or investment can be listed as a
component to improve our footprint in this time.
Robinson dry-dock is in the waterfront complex -
unsuitable for 24 hour operations.
The synchrolift used to dock over 380 vessels per
annum - is also in the waterfront area.
Cape Town does not have any repair quays
equipped with adequate cranes for offshore and
diamond mining vessels.
All dry docks nationally require infrastructure
upgrades in terms of cranes and services.
Trends in Local Ship Repair vs
World Ship Building:
Namibian Port Authorities – Namport invested in
two floating docks and upgraded the ship lift.
Floating docks are privately operated.
Supply vessels now dock in Walvis Bay – CT used
to dock 4 per month!!
Rigs are now also repaired in Walvis Bay
Ship repair offered in all SA ports.
Industry has clusters – ready to engage.
The NPA unfairly blamed for the industry short
comings, infrastructure conditions and dry dock
You can not however keep beating parties if the
operating model is incorrect.
We are losing market share and opportunities.
Positively: NPA commissioned a study by Price
Waterhouse Coopers to suggest an operating
model and complete a condition survey of national
port owned repair facilities.
This study is now complete and we all wait
anxiously for the action to follow to resolve the
Will this study amount to anything???????
SA has an obligation to provide essential repair
services ports but we have opportunity to
participate in a foreign income, labour intensive
and sustainable business.
Need = serious engagement between the
Transnet, NPA, Trade and Industry and Ship
Repair to re-structure business.
No time left and decisions are required urgently to
This is exactly in line with national requirements
to generate foreign income and grow
Lets engage and build a better service and future
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