Nautic Africa signs R350 million ferry contract


Paramount Group company Nautic Africa has signed a R347 million agreement with transportation company Citrans to build the first ferries in a series of vessels for the Ivory Coast.

The deal forms part of a Presidential infrastructure project that aims to reduce urban congestion in Abidjan, Nautic Africa announced today. Phase one of the project will deliver 18 vessels by September 2016.

Due to operate in shallow inland waters, the 27 metre long twin-hulled ferries are designed with a maximum water draft of 1 metre and air draft of 4 metres. The catamaran-styled vessel design is guided by the International Association of Classification Societies’ (IACS) rules to keep passengers safe and comfortable, Nautic said.

With operating speeds of up to 12 knots, the ferries will be fitted with various seating arrangements in 200-seater and 240-seater versions. Configurations for economy as well as business class seating will see some of the vessels catering either for business or economy class completely or for a varying percentage of both. The vessels will feature toilets, air conditioning and four boarding ramps for quick access. They will be powered by twin Volvo Penta D5 propulsion systems.

Nautic Africa’s CEO, James Fisher, said he believes that the company’s focus on vessel life cycle will be an advantage to the long-term partnership between themselves and transport provider in Cote d’Ivoire, Citrans.
“This is a critically important project for Abidjan that will contribute positively to the economic and social success in Cote d’Ivoire,” said Jacques Brummer, CEO of Southern Power Products, a Nautic Africa Group company. The in-country Volvo Penta distributor will provide five-year maintenance and support infrastructure.

Committed to delivering a standard and uniform platform across the fleet of vessels due for delivery over a 21-month period, Nautic will ramp up three production lines to meet CITRANS’s required delivery schedules. The full scope of the final project is set to deliver between 42 and 50 vessels by 2020.

The Nautic Group is part of the Paramount Group and is made up of Nautic Africa, Nautic South Africa, Veecraft, Southern Power Products, Anchor Boat Shop and Paramount Naval Systems. Paramount Naval Systems is the naval side of the business.

Nautic is participating in Project Biro for three offshore and three inshore patrol vessels for the South African Navy. Paramount Naval Systems is teaming with Navantia and Austal to meet this requirement.

Nautic Africa is completing a new shipbuilding facility that will enable it to build more and bigger vessels in response to market demand for commercial vessels. Nautic is already taking orders for vessels to be built in the new facility. The new shipbuilding facility will accommodate the production of vessels up to 210 ton lightship weight or complete vessels of up to 42 metres.