ENGINEERING: Marine Work Propels DCD-Dorbyl
Recent Western Cape Business News
DCD-Dorbyl Marine’s history spans 106 years, establishing it as the oldest of the companies constituting the DCD-Dorbyl Group, a multi-faceted com-pany which serves the local and national mining, rail, marine and metallurgical industries.
Focused on ship repair, DCD-Dorbyl Marine operates from shipyards in Cape Town and East London, thus servicing the entire South African coastline and including travelling repair squads who can cover international markets.
It is the only heavy engineering and fabrication operation in the Western Cape to offer a full turnkey facility.
DCD-Dorbyl Marine says it is the largest marine engineering company both in Africa and in the southern hemisphere and is an acknowledged and highly reputed leader in the ship repair industry.
It is the only shipyard in southern Africa with a fully accredited Lloyds ISO 9001:2000 quality system and was the first in southern Africa to receive a JH143 Shipyard Risk Assessment by the Salvage Association.
The recent acquisition of Cape Town’s Globe Engineering Works, which has an equally distinguished track record in the Western Cape for high quality engineering in the oil and gas markets, will further DCD-Dorbyl Marine’s vision of establishing the Western Cape as a world-class service hub for the West African oil and gas sector.
This merging of skills, resources and expertise will add impetus to the companies’ competitive edge, particularly for its export business, creating additional employment and transferring skills, the company says.
Three recent projects undertaken by DCD-Dorbyl Marine highlight the sophistication of its technology and equipment, the attention to detail and versatility of service which have propelled it to the forefront of the industry.
The refurbishment completed on the Polaris, a pipe-laying crane barge 150 metres long, 42 metres wide with a weight of 16 455 grt was the largest such contract ever recorded in Cape Town.
Extensive planning prior to the barge’s arrival ensured that each phase of the demanding refurbishment was completed efficiently during its 60-day stay in the harbour.
The work required almost 1 000 employees working a two-shift system seven days a week to meet the delivery schedule.
The upgrade of the heavy lift/pipelay dynamic positioning vessel, Saipem 3000, was equally challenging, but its success was outdone by the subsequent overhaul of the Pride South Pacific oil rig vessel which was completed in a record 85 days, 35 days less than scheduled.
The vessel, 115 metres long, 46 metres high and 75 metres wide included steelwork, pipework, mechanical work, hull cleaning and painting and tank cleaning.
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