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Oil and gas sector gains more support

Oil and gas sector gains more support

South Africa is still a relative new-comer in terms of discovering oil and gas, and as such, the local industry relies heavily on the expertise and skills of international companies with local interest such as GAC. The company boasts a rich vein of experience and expertise in supporting oil and gas related projects with an integrated package of shipping, logistics and marine services.

“As well as port agency husbandry and other shipping matters, we also take care of cargo movements on and off the vessels calling at South African ports, as well as warehousing, crane requirements, transport, and regular shipments by sea, air and trucks up both the West and East coasts,” says Erland Ebbersten, GAC Group Vice President for Africa, Russia and Central Asia in a recent interview with Cape Business News.

These services have been well received by the local industry. GAC has attended to several oil and gas projects this year and are currently tendering on various South African projects for 2016. GAC has just completed a major project in Cape Town, as well as some smaller projects for the remainder of the year with vessels/rigs passing by as well as the on-going movement of cargo up and the African coasts.

“We have attended to a number of rigs passing South Africa and have attended to numerous repair projects in port and dry-dock where we are primarily involved in the provision of services for rigs or vessels that come into ports for refurbishment and maintenance,” continues Ebbersten.

The low crude oil price has put the industry in turmoil. However, this has opened doors for vessels wanting to warm stack or cold stack in South Africa. Ebbersten says that they are seeing increased support from the local stakeholders.

“We are seeing a lot more support for the oil and gas sector from harbour masters. They are actively trying to assist and attract oil and gas operators. One example of this is a case where Saldanha Bay forewent their usual Port Dues tariff at anchorage for a much more affordable monthly lump sum rate for rigs looking to warm stack,” Ebbersten says.

However, there is still a lot of work to do in the sector to ensure that country optimises on the opportunities presented by the industry.

“On the down side, ship repairs and associated facilities are a cause for concern. The facilities available in South Africa are simply not up to scratch, leading to a lot of work being lost to neighbouring ports such as Walvis Bay in Namibia,” concludes Ebbersten.

GAC South Africa offers all agency / logistics related services such as, and not limited to:

  • 24-hour operational attendance
  • Air freight and sea freight (inwards and outwards)
  • Arranging visas and immigration formalities
  • Assist with dry-docking and repair contracts
  • Bunker supply
  • Catering requirements
  • Chartering of supply vessels
  • Co-ordination and delivery of fresh water / lube oil / bunkers
  • Crew manning and transport
  • Customs clearing
  • Delivery of stores / spares / mail
  • Freight forwarding
  • Heavy lift
  • Hotel / air ticket reservations
  • Local and international procurement of items
  • Logistics
  • Marine port charges
  • Meet and Greet service
  • Off Port Limit (OPL) and in port bunkers calls
  • OPL / anchorage launch boat assistance
  • Project management
  • Rental office space (include mobile offices)
  • Security
  • Ship supply services
  • Ship to ship transfers (offshore and in port)
  • Slop removal and underwater hull inspections
  • Transport
  • Transportation of personnel to and from vessels
  • Vendor management
  • Visa requirements
  • Warehousing
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