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Vessel project to deliver 1 million-plus man hours

The second of three Multi Mission Inshore Patrol Vessels (MMIPV) has received her blessing at Damen Shipyards Cape Town (DSCT) and is soon to join her sister ship in contributing to South Africa’s maritime security.

With this vessel due to be delivered to the South African Navy in 2023 after extensive acceptance trials, and a third vessel to be delivered a year later in 2024, the MMIPVs are significant components in strengthening the country’s capability to respond effectively, rapidly, and cost-efficiently to threats such as illegal trafficking and fishing.

The MMIPV project is also playing an important role in creating skilled new jobs and acting as a catalyst for the development of regional supply chains. On its own, the MMIPV project is expected to generate more than one million man-hours of work during the construction of the three MMIPVs and will support more than 1,000 direct and indirect jobs. Beyond work on the vessel, DSCT benefits from the global reach of Damen Shipyards Group to secure new business for South African industry.

Sefale Montsi, Director at DSCT said, “With this ceremony, this vessel will soon join her sister, SAS King Sekhukhune II in successfully sailing South African and International waters. The project continues to meet the client’s specifications, on time and within budget. Damen Shipyards Cape Town and our growing local supply chain stand ready to deliver more of these much-needed vessels to our navy.”

“This project has also allowed the yard to increase the impact of its transformation strategy and we have achieved a level 1 BEE rating. Our strategy to make transformation part of business as usual made it possible to over-deliver on Armscor’s requirements for engagement of local businesses and workforce, as well as vessel capabilities,” Ms. Montsi said. Armscor is the acquisition agency for the Department of Defence in South Africa.

The 62m by 11m vessels have been designed by Damen to deliver a rapid response capability that is both effective and cost efficient. The vessel is the second Damen Sea Axe vessel to operate in South African waters where, along with her sister ships, her primary role will be to counter piracy, illegal fishing and smuggling operations. The patented design delivers exceptional seakeeping behaviour with the straight-edged bow cutting through the water, thereby improving comfort and safety while reducing emissions and fuel consumption. Many of the components are commercial off-the-shelf, significantly reducing running and maintenance costs.

DSCT builds ships in Africa for Africa and has to date constructed and delivered over 40 vessels for various countries on the African continent. These vessels have included offshore patrol vessels, dredgers, tugs, naval craft and supply vessels.

The Level 1 BEE rated company strives to be an employer of choice in the South African shipbuilding sector and is committed to enhancing the future of the local South African Maritime Blue Oceans Economy by expanding employment opportunities and internships, apprenticeships, learnerships and training.

Exhibitor; Damen Shipyards
 
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