Local Vessel Manufacturer in South Africa Makes Invaluable Contribution to NSRI
The local company, Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing in Cape Town, South Africa, has been supporting NSRI since 1996. The company was a Gold Partner in 2015, Platinum Partner in 2018, and a Strategic Partner in 2020 alongside DHL, Gemini Marine, and Mitsubishi.
Two Oceans Marine won the tender as a partner in the Ocean Rescue Craft (ORC) project. This new deep-sea fleet project aims to replace all the class one vessels in the NSRI fleet. The design is from France.
The NSRI Station in Hermanus (Station 17) is currently using the first fully South African-built ORC. Not long after the Station received their new ORC named THE LEGACY, they received the callout of a vessel needing assistance with 20 passengers and four crew onboard. They were towed safely back to the port of Hermanus. In the next five to eight years, another seven ORC’s will be built on South African soil.
Not only will this be beneficial for NSRI to update its fleet, but it will also create opportunities for skill development and jobs in South Africa. “This project contributes to developing skills in the boat-building industry, most notably the specialization of composite offshore search and rescue craft building.
The NSRI’s input into the South African boat-building sector and the economy is invaluable. By using local, they are supporting and providing for numerous families directly and indirectly,“ says Mark Delany, Managing Director of Two Oceans Marine Manufacturing. “Most of all, we are honored and proud to launch vessels that we hope will save many lives for many years. The work that the NSRI does is essential beyond measure for any water user in South Africa, “ Delany says.