EBH Namibia’s Panamax Namdock 3 has received a floating drydock for repairs from the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries.
Hannes Uys, CEO of EBHN says: “in terms of the floating dock repair, a project from an Angolan authority is truly a land mark and historic first for EBHN. We certainly value the opportunity which this project presents; and, in so doing, further enhancing positive relations and cooperation between our neighbouring countries.”
From a logistical perspective, in order to get the dry dock to Walvis Bay, an EBHN team travelled to Luanda to ensure that the dock was seaworthy, and compliant with international towing regulations, enabling it to be towed the more than 900 n.m. (nautical miles) to Walvis Bay.
The dry dock, known as the ‘Boa Vista’, had its basic hull constructed in 2011 by a shipyard in Ukraine. The dock then had all its systems completed by ENP in Portugal before being sold to the Angolan government. The dock – with dimensions of 62m x 21m – has the capacity to lift vessels with a docking weight of up to 2000 tons.
“EBHN’s exclusive mandate is to restore the dock to a good operational state. This will involve approximately 25 tons of steel repairs, corrosion protection and the commissioning of all systems. To do this, the dock will have to spend some 20 days at EBHN’s Panamax-sized Namport 3 dry dock; and then a further 10 days berthed in Walvis Bay,” explains Willie Esterhuyse, Commercial and Marketing Manager at EBHN.
To observe the project in progress, Pescangola representatives will be visiting EBHN during the second week of scheduled repairs.
“Even though this dry dock repair is ‘first’ in terms of repairing a dry dock at our facilities, our experience and competence makes us the ideal partner to conduct a repair project of this nature,” says Esterhuyse.
“Our association with the Angolan Ministry of Fisheries is a momentous achievement for all involved; and speaks volumes in terms of how Pescangola and EBHN can partner synergistically and successfully to our mutual benefit. It also very clearly demonstrates how our two neighbouring countries and economies can collaborate going forward,” EBHN’s Uys enthuses.
“It is indeed a very valued relationship that we foster in mutual respect. We hope accordingly to continue being of service to our Angolan associates in the future,” he concludes.