The increasing role of ship repair in southern African Ports - Part 1 of 2


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Presented by: Chris Sparg at the 2009 Railways and Harbours Conference in Cape Town.

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The increasing role of ship repair in southern African Ports - Part 1 of 2

  1. 1. Ship owners priority: transport cargo without port •  delays and breakdowns Ships trade at high costs per day: •    verage - US$20 000 and US$100 000 A   pecialized - up to US$800 000 S Ship trade patterns are planned and ships enter •  ports on trade routes.
  2. 2. Ships seldom enter port for repairs •  Whilst in port for cargo, they carry out repairs •  Not the norm but technical problems can require •  closest port of call entry and possibly salvage.
  3. 3. Repair services are thus required within the ports •  of call Owners will not easily undertake a voyage to a •  non planned port for repairs – unless for safety reasons
  4. 4. Bayhead expansion and discussions have •  suggested the following in Durban: The port of Durban is constrained for space and •  container traffic is growing at 22% per annum. We could consider moving ship repair activities to Richards Bay = ERROR!
  5. 5. Ships require scheduled dry-docking •  Ships need to be fully offloaded to dry-dock •  Ideal to dry-dock in a port where the ship is fully •  offloaded Durban is opportune for containerships – BUT so •  are other ports on routes Owners have options =we compete internationally • 
  6. 6. Delivery Quality Price
  7. 7. Ship Repair illustrations and capabilities: SA has some of roughest seas and weather •  damage and collisions occur.
  8. 8. Collision and Weather damage: •  Typically can occur on a voyage or at anchorage where anchors are dragged in bad weather for example
  9. 9. Repairs to Cranes: Are critical for loading and Repairs to cargo •  booms and cranes occur.
  10. 10. Engine Repairs and Fire Damage:
  11. 11. Electrical and Mechanical Repairs:
  12. 12. Rudder and Propeller Repairs: Usually occurring on a voyage and possibly •  requiring towage to a closest port.
  13. 13. Hatch Cover Repairs: Essential to cargo and usually executed as •  scheduled maintenance.
  14. 14. Anchor Retrievals: Usually lost at anchorage or cut off. • 
  15. 15. Afloat Repairs in Port: Laden and no dry-dock with below waterline •  repairs = cofferdam repairs
  16. 16. Offshore Repairs: Vessels taking on water with damaged and •  cracked hulls – too deep to enter our ports and fully laden unable to enter our dry-docks.
  17. 17. Setsuyo Star – False Bay