More work on SAS Drakensberg


The South African Navy has contracted Siemens to integrate a Simon 31 S monitoring and alarm system on-board the combat support ship SAS Drakensberg at a cost of R1.9 million. The order follows on the heels of a R1 million contract awarded to Savcio Holdings (Pty) Ltd t/a Electrowave Cape last month to supply, fit and commissioning a helicopter power unit interface aboard the ship.

The 147m-long, 12 500mt (full load displacement) Drakensberg is the largest ship built in South Africa to date and was reportedly the first naval vessel to be completely designed in the country. In addition to her replenishment role she is employed on search and rescue duties, patrol and surveillance duties and has considerable potential for use in disaster relief.

The Drakensberg was built by Sandock Austral in Durban. She was laid down in August 1984, launched April 24, 1986 and commissioned November 11, 1987. Replenishment at sea is from two abeam positions or from astern. She is also equipped for jackstay and vertical replenishment. She has two helicopter landing spots, one forward and one astern. Her main secondary role is the transport of consumables, but she can also be used to support small craft and transport a limited number of troops (about 80).

The ship is this year scheduled to complete the second half of its half-life upgrade Project Brutes. The first half was executed in 2009. The latest work takes known expenditure related to the ship to R8 878 298.20 since late 2008.

Integrated monitoring and alarm system (SIMON 31 S) on-board SAS Drakensberg

EMTM/2011/17 11 Aug 2011 R1 917 190,00 Siemens Ltd

Supply, fit and commisioning of helicopter power unit interface on-board SAS Drakensberg

EMTM/2010/510 21 Jul 2011 R1 078 964,00 Savcio Holdings (Pty) Ltd
t/a Electrowave Cape

Supply, fit and commissioning of a portable analyser for diesel engine conditioning monitoring on-board SAS Drakensberg

EMTM/2010/509 15 Jun 2011 R446 400,16 Siemens Ltd

Supply, fitting and commissioning of a ship motion indicator system onboard SAS Drakensberg

EMTM/2009/431 17 Mar 2010 R1 043 500,00 Siemens Ltd

Upgrading the control pitch propeller system on SAS Drakensberg

MTM/S2009/1526 3 Sep 2009 R243 216,58 Siemens Ltd

Electrical Design assistance on SAS Drakensberg

EMTM/2008/208 8 Apr 2009 R438 596,49 Siemens Ltd

Upgrade the portable apparatus switch socket supply system on-board SAS Drakensberg

EMTM/2008/248 11 Dec 2008 R341 654,97 Electrowave (Pty) Ltd

Upgrading the control pitch propeller system on SAS Drakensberg

EMTM/2008/210 9 Oct 2008 R3 368 776,00 Siemens Ltd