We have provided ships agency services to both the petroleum and fishing industries. Our experience includes drilling rigs, offshore support vessels, seismic vessels, construction vessels and vessels employed in the fisheries.
As your ships agent, we arrange berthing, pilotage, Customs, Immigration, and payment of charges associated with the movement of your vessel in and out of port.
As well, we provide harbour and crew services which involve: accommodation crewmembers, assisting with crew work permits, arranging transportation and proper medical care and/or hospitalisation, if needed. These services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
PORT OF CAPE TOWN
The Port of Cape Town is ideally situated, as it is in the gateway between North, East and West. The Port of Cape Town offers the entire essential services that any ship owner or charterer might require.
Cape Town is one of only two ports in South Africa, which is equipped with a vessel traffic service center. The system is designed to transmit information to vessels in high-density traffic areas, particularly in narrow channels and port approaches. This system also assists in better planning of ship arrivals and departures and increases productivity levels in the port.
The Port of Cape town is also equipped with four Voith Sneider tractor tugs each with a bollard pull of 42 tonnes, two small conventional twin screw tugs, each with a bollard pull of 11 tonnes, two pilot boats and three launches.
The Port also has a 200 tonne Eglf propelled floating crane. This crane's maximum reach is 24 metres and at the reach can lift 125 tonnes.
The Port of Cape Town is in a unique position that it is the center point of any number of important sea routes, which makes it a logical choice for re-fuelling the world fleet. With a large refinery nearby, Cape Town is geared to handle most types of vessels requiring Marine Fuel Oil and Marine Gas Oil. Other advantages are competitive prices and a good quality product.
Vessels solely calling to replenish bunkers enjoy discounts on Pilotage and Port Dues. Most berths in the Port have pipelines for both products. The bunkering service is backed up by a self propelled bunker barge which can deliver both marine fuel oil and marine gas oil to vessels at any berth within the port. Unfortunately the bunker barge is not permitted to bunker vessels at the anchorage or calling off port limits.
The facilities in the Port of Cape Town comprise of the Sturrock Dry Dock, which has a length of 365 metres, a width of 45 metres and seven shore cranes ranging from 50 tonne to 4 tonne capacity.
The smaller Robinson Dry Dock is 165 metres long and 21 metres wide with one 15 tonne crane and three 5 tonne cranes. The port has one syncrolift capable of lifting a vessel of 1750 tonne. Also available in Cape Town is a repair quay of 458 metres in length, which has two 15 tonne shore cranes.
Two ship repair companies are situated in Cape Town and they are Globe Engineering and Dorbyl Marine. These two companies have almost a century's experience each in the repair industry and offer a comprehensive range of ship repair services. Both companies are located in the Sturrock Dry Dock area.
OFF PORT LIMIT SERVICES
This service commenced in 1960 due to the closure of the Suez Canal which resulted in a number of vessels transiting the water around the South African Coast. This service avoids port call costs, as well as possible delays. Vessels are met at a rendezvous position and are serviced whilst they remain steaming. The vessels are either serviced by means of a helicopter or launch.
a) HELICOPTER SERVICE
Court Helicopters is an International company and besides operating in Cape Town and Durban, they also have bases in Antarctica, Argentina, Brazil, Angola, Congo and Ivory Coast. Mozambique, Namibia, Ras Al Khaimanb, Spain and Las Palmas.
At Cape Town, Court Helicopters are able to service vessels between 7 and 90 nautical miles. The helicopters that are used for this operation are the Sikorsky S-61IN. This helicopter can carry 24 passengers and have a payload of 1500 kilograms. The helicopter has a cruising speed of 110 knots and can operate in all weather conditions day and night. Cargo can be carried internally or on an under-sling. When the vessel is serviced by helicopter, the vessel does not need to reduce speed, so no time is lost.
b) LAUNCH SERVICE
The launch service is operated by Carrier Marine Services, at Cape Town and Durban. In Cape Town there are four launches and in Durban three. The launches vary in size with the largest launch having a GRT of 159.54 tonnes and a length of 29.26 metres. The launch has a deck area of 95 square metres and a load capacity of 47 tonnes. This launch is also capable of supplying 40 tons of Gas Oil and 100 tons of fresh water and is fitted with a hydraulic deck crane which has a lifting capacity of 1500 kilograms.
The only disadvantage of a launch service is that it cannot operate in adverse weather conditions. At Cape Town this pertains mainly during the months of May to August, which is the winter season in South Africa.
EXCHANGE OF CREW
Cape Town has an International airport situated approximately 20 kilometres from the city center, thus enabling ship owners, wishing to carry out crew changes, to carry out this operation fast and efficiently. There are approximately 19 international flights a week covering destinations all around the world, by all the major airlines.
An efficient courier service is employed to ensure that all crew joining or leaving a vessel are safely transported from the vessel to the airport and visa versa. They are also fully au fait with all customs and immigration requirements covering the signing on/off procedures for all personnel. Our courier service offers a 24 hours service, 365 days a year.
There are also a wide variety of hotels to choose from, in close proximity to the Port of Cape Town, thus making travelling between vessel, hotel and airport time saving and efficient. The hotels range from 3 to 5 star, in status and are also in close proximity to all transport and shopping facilities.