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Port authority looking to expand dredger fleet

Tender out for new dredger for TNPA

SOUTH AFRICA: Transnet National Ports Authority's Dredging Division is looking to add a new dredger to their fleet and has called for bids for the design, manufacture, assembly, commissioning and delivery of a cutter suction dredger to be based in the Port of Durban. 

Three of TNPA's have been built by the Royal IHC Shipyard (see image of Ilembe trailing suction dredger above) in the Netherlands and one recent tender for a plough dredger was awarded to Port Elizabeth-based Tide Marine Shipyard. Local shipyards will be vying for for this award which closes on 30 April 2019. 

Thanks to Operation Phakisa and the fact that shipbuilding is a designated sector, all vessels built by the State need to be locally constructed with a stipulated minimum threshold of 60 percent for local content. 

According to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) local content stipulations, the local content of a product is the tender price less the value of imported content and expressed as a percentage.

The tender documents, which were issued last week, call for a 58 m, 500 dwt vessel with a draft of 1.95 m. Deck equipment includes a ladder winch, swing winch and deck crane; and 2,895kW Caterpillar engines are specified. 


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