Namdock facilities and capabilities 'shipshape'

A local ship repair company is growing in stature and diversifying its services.

19 January 2021 | Infrastructure

Quintin Simon; Namdock marketing manager; “We are developing a growing reputation in the engineering and fabrication sectors, with our high-tech, state-of-the-art facilities and highly skilled welding teams…”

“Namibia's stable political landscape and business-friendly environment is reflected in Namdock's values: Trust, excellence, integrity and ensuring that only the highest quality standards and protocols are followed,” says acting CEO Heritha Nankole Muyoba.

She says Namdock has skilled and qualified professionals who can compete on an international level, with experience in an extensive variety of disciplines ranging from rigging, piping and coating to fabrication, carpentry, electrical and propulsion.

While the company retains its status as a leader in the West African ship repair arena, Namdock also serves many local and international shipping, oil and gas, mining and engineering clients through its up-to-date, fully-equipped facilities and expertise.

“The floating docks and ship repair amenities form a significant part of Namdock's revenue. We are also diversifying our focus to include land-based industries such as the West African mining industries and general engineering.”



Reputation

Muyoba says the company is geographically positioned to further enhance its effectiveness by fabricating locally and shipping products to North and West Africa.

“We are developing a growing reputation in the engineering and fabrication sectors, with our high-tech, state-of-the-art facilities and highly skilled welding teams,” adds Namdock marketing manager, Quintin Simon.

Namdock is exceptionally proud of its world-class dockside facilities which include three floating dry docks: Namdock 1, with a lifting capacity of 8 000 tons; Namdock 2 with a lifting capacity of 6 500 tons and the Panamax-sized Namdock 3 with the lifting capacity of 15 000 tons.

“Because Namdock is closely aligned to Nam­port, we have access to Namport's synchrolift and quayside berthing services. These can accommodate vessels up to 2 000 tons, with a displacement of 80m in length and 12m in width overall,” Simon said.

The synchro lift area also has four 80m repair quays of 8m draft, used for alongside-pier repairs and maintenance.



Driven

According to Simon, Namdock embodies a spirit of independence and agility in its ability to procure spares quickly and efficiently, reducing turnaround times from the average month or so for a major component, to having similar components on the dockside within three to four days.

Simon described how Namdock recently handled a project for Oceaneering, a company involved in oilfield, aerospace, material handling, defence, renewable energy, and research applications, among others.

“The project involved approximately 120 tonnes of sub-sea structure that was shipped to Angola, safely and efficient, during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic,” he says, explaining this was only possible through Namdock's world-class project management capabilities, along with the most advanced and certified fabrication expertise.

“We do not want to be the best in West Africa, we want to compete internationally and be the best in the world. It is our vast pool of loyal, repeat clients which keeps Namdock afloat – for which we are immensely grateful – and it is our inimitable customer service and people focus that keeps them coming back,” he concluded.

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