Transnet National Ports Authority together with the SA Agulhas has created employment to the people of East London through the refurbishment of the ship.
The SA Agulhas created employment for close to 80 people during its lay-up maintenance plan after it last visited in 2013. The contract for the refurbishment was awarded to East London’s Shipyard.
Being in the Ports of East London’s Princess Elizabeth Dry-Dock for maintenance the Agulhas has created employment for marine engineers, electricians, riggers, welders, painters and supervisory staff.
The refurbishment of the ship is part of Transnet National Ports Authority’s Ship Repair, which looks at unlocking the economic potential of the country’s oceans by accelerating investments into ship repair facilities.
Transnet National Ports Authority’s Ship Repair Manager, Leigh Carls, mentioned that the work commenced in 2015 and it is part of the Operation Phakisa which focuses on ship repair and boatbuilding industries.
The SA Agulhas is the fifth commercial vessel to have made use of the East London’s dry dock over the past six months.
Written by: Asavela Fekema
Border-Kei Chamber of Business