[Mossel Bay, South Africa, 07 July 2021] From 09 to 22 June 2021, the Port of Mossel Bay’s Ship Repair Facility accommodated its biggest Catamaran vessel for 2021, CAT Squid Fishing Vessel Princess Azeemah who docked for her first hull survey since her maiden voyage.
This follows a three-month planned maintenance shutdown aimed at ensuring the safety and reliability of the facility for slipway users, this perfectly aligns with TNPA’s core functions which are to provide marine services, plan, provide, maintain and improve port infrastructure at the 8 commercial ports.
The Port of Mossel Bay might be the smallest of the 8 commercial ports along the South African coast with the depth of the entrance channel being just 8 metres and a maximum permissible draught inside the harbour being 6.5 metres, but it has set itself apart by competing with the best in the Fishing Industry and offering impeccable service delivery.
“Being able to attract bigger vessels to the port does not only directly contribute towards the generation of better revenue streams for the port but also contributes towards growing the economy of the region. The Ship Repair Facility primarily serves the fishing industry and we are truly committed to ensuring that it is fully rehabilitated and upgraded in order to continually sustain fishing operations that provide food security to South Africa’s citizens”, said Shadrack Tshikalange, Port Manager, Port of Mossel Bay.
The slipway is of the end haul type, i.e. a vessel is pulled out of the water, on a cradle, bow first. It enables loading and off-loading of vessels as well as vessel repairs. After the planned maintenance, the main support equipment to hoist vessels from the water is still in its original state and supports fishing vessel up to a maximum 200 tons. This is the main factor behind being able to accommodate Princess Azeemah who weighs 160.6 tons with a length of 23 metres aft and an overall width of 8 metres.
The full rehabilitation and upgrade of the Port of Mossel Bay slipway’s reviewed timeframes as per Port Development Framework Plan (PDFP) are 2024/2025 financial year. This planned upgrade is in line with the Port of Mossel Bay’s commitment towards creating and growing Port Infrastructure capacity and achieving the strategic goals of Operation Phakisa, which include improving operational efficiencies and growing the economy, and providing technologically modern facilities, and job creation.
Image: Princess Azeemah vessel underwent repairs during its two weeks stay at Port of Mossel Bay.
About Transnet National Ports Authority
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is one of five operating divisions of Transnet SOC Ltd. The National Ports Authority is responsible for the safe, effective and efficient economic functioning of the national port system, which it manages in a landlord capacity. It provides port infrastructure and marine services at the eight commercial seaports in South Africa – Richards Bay, Durban, Saldanha, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London, Mossel Bay and Ngqura. It operates within a legislative and regulatory environment and is governed by the National Ports Act (Act No. 12 of 2005). For more information visit www.transnetnationalportsauthority.net.