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Tugboat Honors Mandela Birthplace are under construction simultaneously at any given neously while guiding large vessels safely into our time. TNPA programme manager Eugene Rappetti, ports,” he said.

Senior Manager for Marine Operations, said TNPA Southern African Shipyards, which owns and op- had 29 tugs presently in service nationally, but the erates the largest shipyard in Southern Africa, also requirement for bigger, strong tugboat ? eets had built TNPA’s previous 12 tugs. Subcontractors on increased in line with bigger commercial vessels the project include Barloworld Equipment, Sie- calling at South African ports more frequently. mens, Voith Schneider, as well as local contractors “TNPA’s new ? eet will include nine tugs that are such as Bradgary Marine Shop? tters.

31 m long with a 70 ton bollard pull. The older “We have also committed to ensuring that each tugs have 32.5 to 40 ton pulls. The increased bol- tug has a minimum of 60% locally manufactured lard pull of these new generation tugs meets inter- components, while partnering with international national standards and they also feature the latest companies on the remaining aspects that cannot be global technology. manufactured here, for example the engines and

The tugs have Voith Scheider propulsion which propulsion units,” said CEO Maharaj, noting that makes them highly maneuvrable and able to the project helped to create 500 direct and 3500 change the direction and thrust almost instanta- indirect jobs.

TNPA’s new tug MVEZO was launched and named at the South- ern African Shipyards premises in

Durban, South Africa. The sponsor was Lauriette Sesoko, TNPA GM

Commercial & Marketing, who of- ? cially named the vessel, ? anked by Charles Maher, Southern Afri- can Shipyards GM: Marketing. 65

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