Gary Atkins. Repair & Services
Gary Atkins has worked at the yard since the Farocean Marine days, when he was Supervisor of Planning and Commissioning. When Damen took over he was assigned to Damen Services in Gorinchem in the Netherlands, from where he was deployed worldwide as Service Engineer. With the knowledge gained from this experience he returned to South Africa in 2011 to set up DSCT’s Service Hub. Through hard work Gary has taken the hub from humble beginnings to what it is today. Following extensive research and the development of a business plan, it was up to Gary to translate theory into practice and he spent many a day visiting potential clients and extoling the virtues of the Damen way.
The service hub currently employs 16 personnel and, together, they carry out the full range of after sales services activities, such as vessel deliveries, crew training, warranty services and supply & delivery of spare parts. The R&S department has also developed a reputation as a reliable partner for preventative and corrective maintenance & repair. Since 2011, as Gary says, it has “all come together” and today the hub boasts an impressive client portfolio, both local and international.
“Regular maintenance contracts are becoming increasingly important,” says Gary. “Last year, our team was awarded a contract, by the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) for the maintenance of six of their vessels.”
These are the Fishery Inspection Vessels Sarah Baartman, Ruth First, Lilian Ngoyi and Victoria Mxenge. All of these vessels are of Damen design, the first being a Damen OPV 8313 (Offshore Patrol Vessel) and the latter three being Damen Stan Patrols 4708 built by Farocean Marine. The two Fishery Research Vessels are the Africana and the Ellen Khuzwayo, the latter also built by Farocean Marine. “We are very proud of this contract and are currently working hard to get all of them on active duty again,” says Gary, paraphrasing from his days as a Navy Officer.