South Africa’s largest drydock overhauled

A new, R98m ($7.2m) floating caisson is to be fabricated for the 74-year-old Sturrock Dry Dock operated by Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) in the Port of Cape Town which will enable one of the biggest drydock facilities in the Southern Hemisphere to double its productivity.

The new caisson forms part of a multimillion-rand overhaul taking place at the port’s ship repair facilities under South Africa’s Operation Phakisa programme, through which shipbuilding and ship repair have been identified as a strategic competence for the port.

Under Operation Phakisa the port’s Robinson Dry Dock is also undergoing a major upgrade.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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