Back to business at Namdock
Full steam ahead
13 May 2020 | Infrastructure
Heritha Nankole Muyoba; Acting CEO, Namdock; “…we are equally well-positioned to service coastal mining and other sectors.”
Namdock, which docked vessels on the first day of resuming full operation, anticipates that its shipyard – which includes three floating docks and fully equipped on-site fabrication facilities – will become busier.
“This despite the offshore sector being under pressure due to the current low oil price, which has been further negatively impacted by the drastic reduction in the demand caused by the ban on international air travel,” says Heritha Nankole Muyoba, acting CEO of the Namibian-owned ship repair company.
She added that with the Panamax-sized dock, Namdock can offer general classification work and service bulk container, cargo and fishing vessels. “With our extensive general engineering, welding and fabrication facilities and expertise, we are well-positioned to service coastal mining and other sectors.”
At this time in which business locally and globally has been hugely affected and is scrambling to resume, Muyoba assured clients that Namdock’s core values of trust, excellence and integrity remain unwavering.
“We will continue to abide by our ethos and values, remaining transparent and providing our stakeholders with updates as we receive them. We have all the necessary Covid-19 safety measures in place and are re-energised and positive about our return to full capacity.”
According to Muyoba, strict staff protection and sanitisation measures were put in place in the preceding weeks to ensure that Namdock could safely resume full-capacity operations when the time came.
“Our priority remains the health and wellbeing of our staff and clients, and all business operations are conducted according to those priorities.”
Muyoba said that all facilities and staff members are adhering to the prescribed Covid-19 safety and sanitisation regulations.
“This includes working in shifts and observing strict social distancing, regular temperature readings, hand washing, wearing of face masks, gloves and other prescribed personal protective equipment (PPE).”
The Namibian Ports Authority (Namport) also instituted a directive requiring foreign-flagged vessels to remain at anchorage for at least two weeks before entering the port or docking for repairs. In some instances, the two-week waiting period may be reduced, taking into account the vessel’s time spent at sea after leaving the last port of call.