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MARITIME: Marine Equipment Supplies Kept Busy


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MARINE Equipment Supplies, play a vital role in the activities of the Cape’s marine, construction and engineering industries.

They don’t go to sea and they don’t build anything. But they supply an extensive range of equipment these industries need, some imported and some manufactured on the premises, and operate a highly efficient repairs and servicing department. They also undertake the testing of equipment, carried out by qualified personnel.

The firm was founded in 1987 by partners Ivan Higgo and Philip Borel-Saladin, and has gone from strength to strength since that time. And it is a happy ship with lots of smiling faces, because, as Ivan Higgo puts it, “many of our staff have been with us for ten years or more, and they don’t leave us. There is, in fact, a wealth of experience in the company, with a commitment to delivering a quality service to our customers.”

The company manufactures on the premises such items as wire and rope slings, chain slings, webbing slings and endless round slings, all polyester products. They also have a metal shop where they fabricate man cages, spreader beams and other items to customers’ specifications, with a qualified mechanical engineer who undertakes all the drawing and design work.

They are importers and distributors of Score chain products (mild steel and maximum alloy chains), and a wide range of other products: for instance, Ships Brand, Polyform floats and fenders, safety equipment, lifejackets, fenders, chain blocks, rigging and swaging service equipment, McKinnon chains, Mariner outboard motors, Pains & Wessex pyrotechnics, anode zinc/aluminium and stainless steel boat fittings. They also do colour coding for products which are subject to a quarterly inspection process.

A significant part of Marine Equipment Supplies’ work is the service, repair and testing of a variety of equipment, such as chain blocks, lever hoists and chain slings, and they have a qualified Lifting Machinery Inspector (LMI) on staff.

They are regularly involved in various construction projects around the Cape, too many to mention, supplying, repairing and testing equipment. Notably, at present, the 67 000-seater Greenpoint Stadium project, supplying the Murray & Roberts/WBHO Joint Venture, the main contractors, with a range of equipment, and carrying out regular tests on such things as cement buckets, chains and other weight-bearing equipment..

Testing is an increasingly important part of our work, because safety officers on these huge contracts, and indeed on all contracts these days, are scrupulous about having everything exactly right - and that is our attitude also,” says Higgo.

Business in the retail sector is slow at present, in line with the experience of almost every enterprise dealing with recessionary conditions, Higgo says. But their work in the construction, marine and engineering industries, which are still quite busy, in some cases very busy, is ‘flowing nicely’.


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