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    Cape losing out on repair work?

    Yard News // November 22, 2002
    The Cape Argus newspaper reports that although the Port of Cape Town in South Africa is making what it calls "good money" from the west African oil industry, a lack of facilities and space is still costing the harbour "a big slice" of the lucrative workthat is actually available.

    The newspaper says "urgent calls" are being made to increase the Port of Cape Town's marine engineering capacity to fully exploit business opportunities stemming from the west African oil industry.

    Plans mooted include the provision of a floating dock and a possible move of infrastructure to Saldanha Bay to cope with a huge growth in demand for maintenance and repair of vessels and rigs.

    The newspaper said larger companies involved in the industry such as Dorbyl and Globe Engineering are "busy round the clock", and the West African offshore oil industry now makes up about 65 per cent of their work.

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