South Africa’s first choice for dry-dockings, alongside repair, mechanical problems and marine engineering. Dormac has four branches in South Africa and one in Namibia, and is constantly following the marked situation, searching for attractive areas and good facilities for expansion.
Dormac’s head office is in Durban where service is given by use of the Price Edward Graving Dock and a floating dock with lifting capacity of 4500MT, both owned by the National Port Authority.
The Prince Edward Graving Dock can be divided into 2 compartments of 206,9m and 138,68m. The graving dock can be emptied in 4 hours while 5 electric cranes serve this dock ranging from 50 ton to 10 ton.
The floating dock has a lifting capacity of 4500 tons and has 2 electric cranes capable of traveling the full length of the starboard and port side of the dock.
DORMAC- Richards Bay
Richards Bay is a major port in South Africa it has a dry bulk terminal, a multi-purpose terminal and privately operated coal, woodchip and bulk liquid terminals. The Port has currently no docking facilities, however a large facility is being planned and a dry or floating dock is under consideration. Dormac’s ship repair is undertaken on alongside in coordination with port authorities.
DORMAC- Cape Town
Dormac branch in Cape Town also facilitate docks belong to National Port Authority, there is Sturrock Graving Dock, Robinson Graving Dock and a Synchrolift. Sturrock Graving dock is 360m and can be divided into two compartments. Robinson Graving dock is 161meter long. The Synchrolift can lift up vessels of 1806MT.
DORMAC- Saldanha Bay
Dormac Saldana Bay has a great workshop which works in close cooperation with the branch in Cape Town and the other branches of Dormac. Dormac Saldanha Bay has an experienced team and can do reconditioning of main engine and auxiliary engine parts, jig & assembly of heavy duty schedule piping, cofferdams, overhauling of sea water valves, hydraulic cylinders and rams as well as steel fabrication.
DORMAC- Walvis Bay- Namibia
Dormac Walvis Bay was established in 2009. Before 2009 Dormac sent traveling squads to Walwis Bay, however the repetitive nature of these requirements led the Directors to establish a branch in Walvis Bay. Not only bringing significant Ship Repair projects and experience to the region, but to provide the local work force with training and skills to better serve this growing industry. The West Coast of Africa is a major hub for oil exploration. Using the experience of Dormac’s old tradition of Ship repair and offshore projects, and local work force, Dormac Walvis Bay is a success.
As there are few docks around the coast of Africa, Dormac has gained a long and good experience in use of cofferdams for underwater repair. Complicated repairs are carried out afloat, steel repair, repair / change of seals, rudder repair, thruster repair etc, all with use of special fabricated cofferdams. The repairs are permanent, approved by classification societies and have already been used successfully many times. This innovation has been enthusiastically received by the ship owners and managers due to the cost saving and convenience of loading or discharging while the repairs are done.