Contractors ­unhappy at syncrolift

Move by Namport could lead to retrenchments and some companies having to close their doors.

19 November 2018 | Business

Elzevir Gelderbloem; Port Engineer; “This must be done to enclose and reduce grid and overspray from impacting areas outside the syncrolift.”

A memorandum on new environmental compliance obligations taking effect on 1 December could cause more harm than good say contractors at the syncrolift in Walvis Bay.

Port engineer Elzevir Gelderbloem issued the memorandum on 29 October informing contractors that Namport observed syncrolift activities are not fully environmentally compliant particularly in terms of spray painting and grid blasting activities.

Gelderbloem said this was evident in the amount of pollution and overspray occurring inside and outside the syncrolift premises and explained that Namport is an ISO certified organisation which takes SHEQ related matters seriously.

“To ensure the above matters are addressed, Namport requires all contractors engaging in spray painting and grid blasting activities at the syncrolift to erect industry approved scaffolding with side netting at own cost.

“This must be done to enclose and reduce grid and overspray from impacting areas outside the syncrolift.”

He stipulated that scaffolding must be high enough to cover the entire area to be spray painted or grit blasted. “The dock master will inspect all scaffolding structures and sheeting before any work commences. Failure to adhere to these requirements will result in a contractors' access to the site being withdrawn. In addition to this, spray painting and grid blasting activities must be stopped during strong winds regardless of scaffolding and side netting.”



Pollution tariff

Gelderbloem said that Namport will apply the pollution tariff to those found not adhering to the new requirements. Such a fine could amount to approximately N$14 000 for the discovery and presence of dust particles in sea water.

All this does not sit well with some of the four contractors rendering grid blasting and spray painting services at the syncrolift. They allege the new measures are a direct result of an incident where paint particles blown by wind landed onto solar panels of a business in close proximity to the syncrolift.

“EBH also deployed nets to prevent particles from being blown away. This is not successful because the elements cannot be controlled.”

The contractors further accused Namport of adding additional charges to costs.

“Quotations we obtained indicate the required scaffolding would come at a cost of approximately N$1,6 million. This is not even close to what some of us earn for the jobs we take on. We earn approximately N$600 000 for blasting and providing labour on a vessel. This excludes the cost of paint and levies due to Namport.”

According to the contractors this means additional costs for them and they questioned who will pay for the service. They also allege that Nam-port informed them but not the vessel owners and factories about these new measures.

“We can include the provision of scaffolding in quotes for our services. Who will pay for the labour to erect and dismantle the scaffolding? No one is prepared to pay or can afford these additional costs.

“The fishing industry is already on its knees. The move by Namport will lead to retrenchments or some companies having to close their doors.”

Vessel owners could also decide to move their vessels to alternative ports and some allegedly already indicated they will opt for South Africa.

The contractors expressed the opinion that the area belongs to Namport and the port authority should carry the responsibility of acquiring the scaffolding and netting.

“Wanting to reduce dust particles is understandable. We only render services in the syncrolift area and must pay for doing so. Companies are charged for access. In addition to that we have to pay our workers. Vessel owners are charged for skips, toilets and shower facilities, power supply and berthing space and site rentals.”

They explained that it will take a considerable amount of time to erect scaffolding which will impact available space in the syncrolift area and lead to a reduction of vessels that can be accommodated for repairs.

“A vessel is allowed a maximum of 12 days in the syncrolift base. Stop-starting work due to wind and weather conditions will impact work performance and create a backlog. This will lead to penalties and vessel owners would think twice before using the syncrolift in Walvis Bay.”

The contractors also reason that the syncrolift is located in a heavy industrial area.

“It was the first business to be located there and this is the case for a particular reason.

Other businesses followed and are well aware that this is a heavy industrial area.”

Similar News

 

Coffee at its best

1 week ago - 10 June 2019 | Business

A.M Brew Coffee World owner Stephanie Brayshaw loves to talk about coffee, and looks forward to receiving visitors at her establishment. The answer...

Navachab throws town a lifeline

1 week ago - 09 June 2019 | Business

Karibib Navachab Gold Mine has through various interventionist financial strategies managed to improve its financial position from a negative cash flow of...

Swakop Sport celebrates 10 years

1 month - 13 May 2019 | Business

Specializing in sports gear, Swakop Sport is a family owned business, which is located at Shoprite Centre in Swakopmund. The store carries an extensive range...

For all your real estate needs

2 months ago - 15 April 2019 | Business

AdvertorialImperial Properties, located in Nangolo Mbumba Street, Walvis Bay (next to Suidwes Total), serves the coastal towns of Walvis Bay and Swakopmund and facilitates...

Coffee shop with a difference

2 months ago - 08 April 2019 | Business

If you’re looking for a place to relax and recover from your every day burdens, pop in at Cornerstone Christian Bookshop and Cake Décor shop...

Spot-On, the go-to caterer in town

2 months ago - 01 April 2019 | Business

Spot-On Catering celebrates its 20th anniversary in July. The business was established in 1999 as an addition to the existing Spot-On Shopping Centre that has...

Serving the best ice cream in town

3 months ago - 18 March 2019 | Business

A warm welcoming smile greets many who visit Ice and Spice Café, situated at Ankerplatz in 11 Sam Nujoma Avenue in Swakopmund..It is the place...

Internship programme enhances skills

3 months ago - 18 March 2019 | Business

Erongo Marine Enterprises (EME) has given four students from the Namibia University of Science and Technology (Nust) the opportunity to hone their skills in the...

EBHN trims work force further

3 months ago - 18 March 2019 | Business

Elgin Brown & Hamer Namibia (EBHN) confirmed on 12 March that the company has entered into another round of retrenchments. The company said via a...

Silver jubilee celebrations for Malherbe

3 months ago - 11 March 2019 | Business

ADVERTORIAL Leandrea Louw - Malherbe Associates Incorporated based in Walvis Bay are celebrating 25 years of providing affordable, reliable legal aid services to...

Latest News

TIDES

11 hours ago | Fishing

Sunday, 16 June High 02:39 Low 08:47 High 15:10 Low 20:58 Monday, 17 June High 03:18 Low ...

Lagoon area cleaned up

1 day - 16 June 2019 | Events

Walvis Bay • Otis Finck Eighty-three volunteers (64 adults and 19 children) pitched for the ­second edition of the Walvis Bay Lagoon clean-up operation...

Boerewors producers tantalise taste buds...

1 day - 16 June 2019 | Events

Swakopmund - Otis Finck Stefan Erasmus, Benjamim Isak, his daughter Ruusa Isak and Ursula Malan are the coastal representatives in the Shoprite/Checkers Boerewors Competition...

Unique partnership benefits hospital ...

1 day - 16 June 2019 | Health

Swakopmund - Otis Finck Steckels Toyota resolved to partner with and address a number of maintenance issues at the Swakopmund State Hospital. Rene...

Pro-Ed vier kaalvoetdag

1 day - 16 June 2019 | Education

Die ATKV Duine-tak van Pro-Ed Akademie op Swakopmund het onlangs hul jaarlikse kaalvoetdag gevier. Hier skenk leerlinge hul skoene aan die tak om dit aan...

Kuisebmond narrowly beats S.I. !Gobs...

1 day - 16 June 2019 | Sports

Walvis Bay - Adolf KaureKuisebmond Secondary School (KSS) defeated S.I. !Gobs Secondary School 3-2 in a thrilling FBN Classic Clashes soccer match at the Kuisebmond...

School gets classrooms and computers

1 day - 16 June 2019 | Education

Karibib Private School editorial team The Grade 1 parents of Karibib Private School (KPS) officially handed over a refurbished classroom to the school.The handing...

New Lions president elected

1 day - 16 June 2019 | Local News

Swakopmund - Adolf KaureHeiko Zicker was elected at the new president of the Lions Club Swakopmund during the club's 60th anniversary celebration in Swakopmund recently.Zicker,...

Protecting the ocean

1 day - 16 June 2019 | Local News

Walvis Bay - Otis Finck World Oceans Day is commemorated on 8 June to raise awareness of the ocean, its importance and how...

Load More