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DEDAT's ZAR 98 million invested into Sturrock Dry Dock in the Port of Cape Town

Infra News - Published on Tue, 19 Feb 2019

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IOL reported that the Department of Economic Development and Tourism and Wesgro welcome the ZAR 98 million floating caisson that is to be constructed for the Sturrock Dry Dock in the Port of Cape Town. The announcement comes following intensive conversations between DEDAT, Wesgro, industry and strategic partners with Transnet National Port Authority around discussions for improving the ports infrastructure. The new caisson forms part of a multimillion rand overhaul of the port’s ship repair facilities over a three year period (2019-2022) under South Africa’s Operation Phakisa Programme, which has identified ship building and repairs as a strategic industry for the port.

A caisson - which is a large steel gate structure that acts as a secondary seal and subdivides the dock allows for simultaneous docking of multiple commercial vessels within the facility - is expected to double the productivity of Sturrock, which is celebrated as one of the biggest dry docks in the Southern Hemisphere.

South Africa ranks among the world’s top 15 shipping nations, based on the tonnage transported to and from its ports, with 3 of the 8 major commercial ports based in the Western Cape. Further to this, the Province is the production hub of the South African ship building industry and is home to the country’s largest luxury yacht builders, Robertson and Caine and Southern Wind.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 19 Feb 2019
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