handed over by October 2018 and will be used as a bed-leveller, smoothing out high spots created by marine traffic in high-volume berth areas. Being awarded the contract is a big turning point for Tide Marine Shipyard, having successfully secured the bid following a stringent tender process. “This project will go a long way towards revitalising Nelson Mandela Bay’s boatbuilding sector and we are grateful to Transnet for the trust they have placed in a smaller, but well-established player in the industry,” Fabian Crocker, general manager at Tide Marine Shipyard said. The vessel will be the first of its kind and revolutionise the way TNPA manage its dredging services. Boasting the latest global technology, it will be able to sail from port to port. Its small size will also enable it to be guided into more confined spaces than other tugs. General manager for Infrastructure & Port Planning at TNPA, Hamilton Nxumalo commented: “This is the dream of an ocean economy being realise. Catering for larger commercial vessels in our ports requires a world-class dredging and marine fleet – and South African shipbuilders continue to demonstrate their expertise in producing vessels that can compete with the global industry.” The project is great news for the economy too, Crocker is committed to sourcing the 200 t of steel to be used in construction from South Africa and expects 30 jobs to be created in technical fields such as engineering,
boiler making and welding. “We will also be upskilling local marine engineering students with on-site experience so that learnings from this project can continue to serve the industry long after completion,” he added. Whilst Naval architecture firm Naval Africa will provide technical expertise and quality assurance on the project to support Tide Marine Shipyard. It is the production of such vessels that enable TNPA to accommodate large vessels and compete globally, the organisation recognises it must diversify and innovate to remain a global player and it is set to continue to grow as a result. THE HELM OF THE SHIP Shulami Qalinge took up reins as Chief Executive of the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) on 1 July 2017, succeeding Richard Vallihu. During her career spanning more than 20 years, Qalinge has developed her skills in operations, strategic planning, performance monitoring and diagnostic and project management. She has a strong focus on Rail and Port Operations, Supply Chain Management, Performance Monitoring and Reporting and Stakeholder Management. As Chief Executive of TNPA, Qalinge is one of South Africa’s leading operational executives and oversees the operation of eight commercial ports, Richards Bay, Durban, East London, Ngqura, Port Elizabeth, Mossel Bay, Cape Town and Saldanha.