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AS the largest shipyard in Africa DCD-Dorbyl Marine (DCD) says it is committed to becoming a world leader in the offshore industry - whether for repairs, modifications, upgrades, or dry dock services, DCD’s safety, quality and on-time delivery has been proven by its past successes.
DCD says its commitment to excellence begins with its safety record. It recently celebrated two million lost time injury-free hours – an accomplishment well above global industry standards. It has elevated its safety awareness by providing employees with the necessary skills and expertise through induction, training and supervision.
Operating from the Port of Cape Town, DCD’s workshop facilities cover 12 630 sq m and include the following: one large heavy machine shop with smaller machinery and self levelling machinery, a general purpose workshop, steel fabrication shops, one pipe fabrication shop with HGG pipe profile machine, mechanical workshop with valve testing equipment, and blasting and coating booths.
To provide for the increased need for a dedicated facility servicing the oil and gas industry, DCD has entered into a long term lease with the Port of Cape Town. This facility, ‘A-Berth’, which is fully operational, offers a lay down area of 42 000 sq m, a 350 ton crawler crane, an Alimak, spacer barges, as well as storage, office and mess facilities to accommodate all project personnel.
Current projects include the Pride South Seas semi-submersible rig which has been cold stacked at the Repair Berth for a year. It has been moved to ‘A- Berth’ for reactivation prior to commencement of a new contract along the West Coast of Africa.
The semi-submersible rig, Deepsea Stavanger is currently in the Port of Coega for modifications prior to commencement of a new contract. DCD has been assigned as the main contractor, and has been tasked with the challenge of mobilizing site offices, setting up a temporary workshop and co-ordinating all logistical needs to complete the scope of work in 28 days.
Teams comprising project managers, boilermakers, pipe fitters, mechanical fitters, HSE Officers to name but a few, have been sent to East and West Africa to do offshore repairs on various vessels. For the period January 2011 to date, approximately 100 employees have been deployed.
Significant projects in 2010 include Saipem FDS (dry docking and upgrade), the Blackford Dolphin Rig (fitting of anodes, tank cleaning, blasting and coating) and the Saipem 3000 (dry docking and upgrade).
DCD says it is constantly enhancing the capability of its staff through training and development initiatives. In 2009, the DCD Training Centre of Excellence was established at its premises to focus on the continuous up-skilling and development of employees by running training and refresher courses as required.
The aim of this programme is to provide training to the local workforce and in doing so, enhance capacity to meet the increasing demand of the offshore marine industry.
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