Smit Dudula wins coastal pollution contract
Jan 31, 2004
The tug John Ross (now renamed Smit Amandla) arrives in Durban with the refloated Sealand Express in 2003 – photo Terry Hutson
The Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) company Smit Dudula Marine was this week awarded a R150 million contract to safeguard South Africa’s coastline from pollution.
The contract calls on the company to provide anti-pollution measures including stationing a salvage tug on permanent standby for immediate response to possible casualties involving tankers and other vessels along the South African coastline.
The awarding of the largest maritime contract so far issued by the Department of Transport was made in terms of last year’s Maritime Charter calling for greater BEE involvement in the country’s maritime affairs, said Dudula Shipping’s CEO, Mr Sithembiso Mthethwa.
Mthethwa also announced the purchase by Smit Dudula of the deep-sea salvage tug John Ross from Smit International and her renaming to Smit Amandla, along with the return of the tug to the South African Shipping Registry.
He thanked his colleagues at Smit Marine for demonstrating a commitment to BEE and ensuring that Smit in Rotterdam stays the course with Smit Dudula. The negotiations between Smit Dudula and the Department of Transport had taken nearly 12 months to conclude, he said.
“It has not been an easy task but I am certain that all those who have been engaged in the process agree that it has been worth it. For Smit Dudula the hard work begins after today, as we begin to rise to the challenges of keeping our oceans clean and advancing the issues of Black Economic Empowerment.”
Smit Dudula Marine (Pty) Ltd is a joint venture between Dudula Shipping Company (Pty) Ltd (50.1 %) and SMIT Marine South Africa (Pty) Ltd (49.9 %). In 2001 Smit Dudula launched its newly converted bunker barge, named Smit Dudula, at the port of Richards Bay where it is employed delivering fuel to ships in port.
In addition Smit Dudula operates the 8,000 BHP anchor handling tug Pentow Skua in support of oil exploration and anchor handling activities for PetroSA on the EBT Field south of Mossel Bay. From October 2003 Smit Dudula has been supplying specialised marine services to PetroSA, undertaking maintenance for the Calm Buoy in Mossel Bay and operating and maintaining the marine loading facility for the PetroSA refinery also at Mossel Bay.
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