Significant interest in newbuilds on continent
AFRICA: The first six months of this year saw significant interest from a number of maritime sectors in the region for the procurement of new vessels.
Kenya, in particular, released tenders for at least 15 newbuilds. Landlocked Malawi called for interested parties to bid on design and delivery of a research boat while Mauritius is in the market for two tugboats and a patrol for Mozambique is also on the cards.
Historically much of Africa’s newbuilds have arrived from outside the continent – from most notably Eastern Europe and Europe. South Africa is the only country to have designated the boat building and shipbuilding sectors for local procurement.
During January, in a project co-funded by the European Union, Kenya released two tenders for boats. The first called for two 180hp fish transportation boats while the second sought to procure 10 15 hp fishing boats. International bidders needed to have a local Kenyan agent who could carry out maintenance, repair and spare parts-stocking obligations.
A call for a rescue/patrol boat for Kenya was published in February. The tender called for the design and delivery of a 20ft fibre-glass boat with Yamaha outboard engine as well as specified marine electronics and accessories.
April was a busy month for newbuild tenders with documents being issued from South Africa, Somalia, Kenya, Mozambique and Tanzania for amongst others; a surveillance vessel, a dredger and search and rescue boats.
More recent bids herald from Mauritius and Malawi with Malawi looking for research boats and Mauritius issuing tenders for a floating craft and two twin-screw tugboats.
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