NATCO SA are Fulfilling Challenging Requirements in South Africa
22nd March 2019
NATCO SA International Transports (Pty) Ltd are new members in South Africa! The company is 100% South African owned and they are well-experienced and specialised in project cargo. Their offices are located in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban and they come recommended by current PCN members. Managing Director, Mike Durig says; "We would like to bring our knowledge of Sub-Sahara Africa to PCN members as well as benefit from their valuable expertise in their individual countries".
We are also pleased to note NATCO SA will be represented at the 2019 PCN Annual Summit taking place in Gaborone in Botswana on 17-19 November. Please click here to book you place today! We are very excited to hold our 2019 event in Africa and Susan Oatway, Senior Analyst at Drewry says; "The project cargo market has a number of drivers, from power generation to construction through to mining. Whilst the Americas is busy at the moment with renewable energy projects and Asia is dominated by China's One Belt One Road construction projects, Africa has a project spread that is the envy of other regions".
Mike continues; "NATCO SA was established in Johannesburg in 1996 with the purpose of servicing various logistic projects in West Africa. NATCO SA in South Africa is now 100% privately owned, owner managed and independent with no relation to any other NATCO offices or TransGlobal. Whether requirements call for solutions in the transport of complex industrial plants or single machines, reliable project management is a matter of fine tuning. With extensive cost planning, the choice of the correct carrier and the safe and timely execution of transport, NATCO SA fulfils these demands, starting from the planning stages to site erection, providing a smooth interaction between all involved parties. In Johannesburg, we have recently acquired a 6,000sqm warehouse enabling us to provide an effective handling and storage facility. Our experienced team are ready to offer our specialised services to PCN members for mutual success!"
NATCO SA previously completed over 75,000frt of cargo for a large power station in Lephalale in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. Recently however, a turbine at the station was found to be defective and needed to be sent back to Germany for repair. Due to the previous excellent work, the cargo movement was given to NATCO SA from the site to the factory in Berlin and then the reverse movement back to the site in South Africa. The turbine weighed 128,000kg with dimensions of 7.11 x 3.44 x 3.53m / 86.38cbm. Mike explains; "The abnormal transport, permits, escorts, surveyors and the ocean freight was organised as a total package. The abnormal transport within South Africa was a challenge and took between 10-14 days due to road and weather conditions and because the transport could only take place during daytime hours and not over weekends. On the return leg from Berlin, we also had to deal with the winter weather in North Germany. However, we managed to get the turbine back to the site in South Africa safely, on time and without delay."
NATCO SA had its own staff present at each stage of the crucial loading and unloading at the site and vessel in South Arica and provided up-to-the-minute, detailed reports to the customer. They pride themselves in committing management to these types of projects to provide our customers and partners with the best services and expertise. Another job done successfully executed by NATCO SA without any incident and on time! Please see the gallery below for photographs of the project along with some other recent work handled by the company.