Your preferred ship repair partner

The cornerstone of the marine repair industry in Namibia.

23 February 2021 | Supplements

Namdock prides itself on the fact that it is an established ship repair company strategically located in Walvis Bay.

The company provides a holistic service solution in all aspects of marine engineering and ship repair to the local and international shipping and offshore industry, as well as land-based engineering and fabrication services to a variety of industries including mining.

Namdock operates three privately-owned floating docks, including a Panamax-sized dock.

Namdock, or EBH Namibia as it was formerly known, was established in 2006 as a joint venture with the Namibian government, represented by the Namibian Ports Authority (Namport).

The company is proudly Namibian, with its shareholding held entirely by Namport, and the EBH Consortium, a group comprised of prominent Namibian business leaders.

Despite a drop in the global oil price and its negative effect on the offshore repair industry between 2015 and 2019, a still-volatile global oil price, and the knock-on effect of the global Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, Namdock continues to attract local and international clients.

“The Namibian nation is fiercely proud of its independence, and is also strongly focused on driving economic self-sufficiency and industrialisation. We have therefore adopted the slogan ‘Our Strength Is Local’, which not only encapsulates our operational ethos of excellence, service and efficiency, but also our inherently strong relationship with our people and pride in our country,” says Namdock’s Acting CEO Heritha Nankole Muyoba.

While there are many ship repair yards along the west coast, importing a major item and having it delivered to the dockside at one of these yards could take a month or two. By contrast, Namdock, with the support of the country’s customs and logistics system, is able to have similar components on the dockside within 3 to 4 days.

Services & Facilities

Namdock has reduced its average turnaround time for ship repairs from 16 days to an average of 12 days.

In addition to the three floating docks, facilities available at Namdock also include seven cranes, a 60-ton floating crane as well as fully equipped workshops for carrying out aspects of marine repair and maintenance.

The fact that Namdock is part of Namport, which oversees the port of Walvis Bay, allows the company access to secure berthing space with the quayside depth of 12m.

Namdock also has access to Namport’s synchrolift, a facility that can accommodate vessels up to 2 000 tons with the displacement of 80m in length and 12m in width overall. The synchrolift area has four 80m repair quays of 8m draft which Namdock uses for alongside-pier repairs and maintenance.

The large natural anchorage at Walvis Bay has a 14m depth.

The removal of marine growth and re-coating of ships’ hulls is a key component of Namdock’s services. This not only preserves the value of the vessel but also, reducing drag in the water which in turn lowers operating costs.

Namdock employs skilled professionals who are dedicated and experienced in a wide variety of trades, from rigging, piping and coating to fabrication, carpentry, electrical and propulsion.

The company also works with a range of local highly experienced and trusted subcontractors and suppliers, many of the latter from renowned international OEMs.

Clients can therefore access every possible ship repair service that they might need from Namdock, conducted in a range of extensive and well-equipped dedicated fabrication, propulsion, mechanical, electrical, valve and carpentry workshops, to provide repair and maintenance services for all potential requirements.

Looking forward

Namdock is in the process of diversifying both in the maritime field and in the land-based heavy engineering arena. The company has entered into the field of maintaining and repairing submersibles and remotely operated vehicles.

The company has also entered into the field of maintaining and repairing upstream oil & gas assets, for example semi-submersible oil rigs and are also looking into marine mining assets / vessels.

Namdock is currently fabricating a diving support structure for the West African oil and gas industry.

“Marine engineering has to adhere to exceptionally high levels of competency, and we would be pleased to share this skill level with, for example, the coastal mining industry in Namibia and our neighbouring countries,” said Nankole Muyoba.

“Our company is a prized national asset. With this in mind, Namdock is sailing ‘full steam ahead’, and navigating a proactive voyage forward which will benefit not only our valued clients, our company and our staff, but also the people of Walvis Bay, and Namibia as a whole,” she stated.

Photo captions

With its three fully operating and well-maintained floating dry docks, Namdock has the capability to repair and maintain vessels up to a size that would include approximately 70% of the global shipping fleet. Photo contributed

A worker performing a task in the Namdock machine shop worker

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