SA boat builder refurbishes vessels for Angola

22nd November 2002 By: Unknown

THREE Angolan patrol boats have been refurbished and revamped by Cape Town boat-building company Farocean Marine in a project worth more than R10-million. The boats, the Patrulheiro, the Preservador and the Temerario, were handed over to the Angolan Consul-General Mario Leonel Correia in a ceremony at the V & A Waterfront earlier this month.

Correia said that the three boats will join the Angolan fleet of vessels that protect their marine resources against poaching and illegal fishing, which has increased over the last few years. "This is the first such business between our two countries, but I’m confident that much more will follow that will be advantageous to both countries," he said. The media boarded the Temerario to see it being taken through its paces in Table Bay harbour, before it and its sisters are sailed back to Luanda under their own power with local crews and Angolan representatives aboard. In April the Angolan Fisheries and Protection Department commissioned Farocean Marine to refit the vessels and restore them back into working order.

Farocean Marine MD Jendo Ocenasek, technical director Fred Farmer and electrical manager Craig Trethewey had to fly to Luanda and load the ill-repaired patrol vessels on to a freigher to bring them to Cape Town. The 60-feet-long boats have been fitted with new engines and new generators.

New toilets were fitted throughout and hull structures checked, repaired and repainted. Davit cranes were electrified and all equipment checked and either repaired or replaced where necessary. Propellers and propeller shafts were removed, checked, cleaned, repaired and refitted. Life rafts, life rings and semi-rigid boats were replaced along with any necessary radio equipment and the complete vessels were made seaworthy.

Farocean Marine chairman Sam Montsi said that the contract is significant in that it represents what the African Renaissance and Nepad is all about - supporting Africans and keeping business in Africa.

The return of the vessels to Angola makes room at Farocean’s shipbuilding yard for the start of construction of the three 47 m patrol boats the company is to build for South Africa’s Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism.

Building of these boats will begin early next year.

"We are working closely with Damen Shipyards of the Netherlands on this contract," said Montsi. Damen the largest privately-owned group of shipyards in the world, gives Farocean access to state of the art design and technology.

In terms of its agreement with Damen, Farocean Marine has the right to build Damen-designed vessels under licence in South Africa and is Damen’s agent in South Africa.

"With this relationship we hope to access more business in Africa," said Montsi.

Farocean Marine, a black empowerment concern, has built and delivered vessels to the Nigerian and Tanzanian maritime authorities. Caption: The Preservador, one of Angola’s revamped patrol boats, in Table Bay harbour (Preservador.jpg in ZZZ)