The company serves 400 ships in seven years

One dry-docking company, Shipside Drydock Limited, claims to have been able to service more than 400 ships with its 5,000 tonne capacity floating dry dock in seven years.

In a statement, Shipside Drydock Limited Deputy Managing Director and Chief Commercial Officer, Sunday Esezobor, said that with this capability, the business was set to become West Africa’s drydock hub for vessel maintenance. .

He said 96% of the company’s workforce were Nigerians.

“Shipside Drydock has serviced over 400 vessels since commencing operations in August 2015. Its state-of-the-art workshop with a 5,000 ton capacity floating dock has positioned it, not only to be a leader in the maritime sector of the market Nigerian but it is fast becoming West Africa’s drydock hub for ship repair and maintenance.

Esezobor noted that the ship repair and maintenance sector had the potential to create more jobs if spare parts and steel were available, adding that original equipment manufacturers should be encouraged. to open stores in the country.

He also said the company was willing to reduce capital flight as ship owners would stop traveling overseas for maintenance and repair of their ships and vessels.

“At our floating dock, shipowners don’t have to travel overseas because we have the expertise and capacity to serve them. This will not only develop the industry, but also save foreign currency for the country,” he concluded.

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