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All about East London Shipyard

East London Shipyard is owned and operated by a dedicated team. It is located in South Africa’s only river port. We provide a full range of services from boilermaking, pipe fitting, structural’s, rigging, industrial painting, factory maintenance, fitting and turning as well as abrasive grit blasting / re painting of entire ships and have gained many years of experience working on a wide range of vessel types.
Drydock repairs can be carried out in the TNPA owned and operated Princess Elizabeth Graving Dock and is able to accommodate vessels up to a length of 200 meters and an overall beam / width of 24.5 meters. In addition to the services we carry out in the Port of East London, we are conveniently located to carry out voyage repairs in Port Elizabeth and the Port of Ngqura; in essence we are able to carry out projects anywhere in the Eastern Cape.

However in recent years, due to a slump in the ship repair industry globally, our dedicated team has concentrated on general and heavy engineering, carried out in our 2000 square metre, fully equipped workshop. We now have a wide range of general and heavy engineering capabilities which include but are not limited to: bending of steel 3 – 16mm (short lengths up to 1 200mm), rolling of all steels up to 20mm, rolling of piping 20 – 80mm at various diameters, not less than 1 000mm, guillotine machine cutting up to 12mm steel plate over 2 500mm length. Our workshop also has various lathes ranging from a 2 000mm bed (300mm swing), 5 000mm bed (1 200mm swing) as well as a radial arm drilling machine, milling machine and standard drill presses. Our workshop also has the added benefit of a five ton and ten ton overhead crane to assist in heavy lifts.

Projects range from repairs to all types of ground engaging equipment and machinery i.e. excavators, excavator buckets, wear plates, bulldozer push / wear plates, repairs to Tlb’s, all types of pins and bushes, repairs to side tippers, flat deck trailers, interlinks, breakdown vehicles, low bed trailers, grid rollers, graders. Anything steel related / welding related within the construction / quarry industries can be done. We also offer onsite field works in the form of steel repair (welding and boilermaking) all done by qualified personnel with many years of experience. We also service the cement industry throughout the Eastern Cape by servicing and repairing cement silos, repair and supply of new valves, unblocking of silos, replacing of cement shoots, replacing of filter mechanisms, and we are also able to assist with the removal and relocation of silos, or the refurbishment of existing silos (cleaning, painting, repairs to steel work, etc.)
We also have a registered LMI (lifting machinery inspector) servicing the various industries in and around the Eastern Cape situated in our workshop, repairs to chain blocks, lever hoists as well as load testing can all be done in house or on site.
We at East London Shipyard / Engineering have always been committed to supporting the local community by hiring labour and acquiring supplies locally for contracts and will strive to maintain our high standards in all areas of business.