Panamax floating dock arrives in Walvis Bay

07 July 2013 Author   Marinelog

front dock 07 julyShip repair company Elgin Brown and Hamer (EBH) Namibia says that its Panamax sized third floating dry dock arrived in Walvis Bay.

Namport, the Namibian Ports Authority, is the majority shareholder in EBH Namibia. The balance of shares was recently acquired by South Africa's DCD Group, making EBH Namibia part of the DCD Marine cluster of companies.

The company says the arrival of the third dock will substantially increase its docking capacity and its ability to compete on an international scale. The third dock will be able to accommodate vessels of up to 190 meters in length and 33 meters in beam.

"The increase in capacity will allow us more flexibility to provide a world class service to our customers. The size of the dock alone will allow us to expand our markets and attract work that might have had to go elsewhere," says Hannes Uys, Chief Executive Officer of EBH Namibia.

He said that the company identified a need to increase its docking capacity in late 2011.

The arrival of the unit in Walvis Bay is being hailed as good news for the Namibian economy.

"The significance of the arrival of the third dock cannot be overestimated in terms of job creation and skills development in Namibia, as well as economic growth in the region," says Uys. "Since its inception in 2006, EBH Namibia has contributed an estimated N$1.3 billion to the Namibian economy."

The commissioning of the dock in port is scheduled for September 2013. – Marinelog

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