Benny Bhali. Sales & marketing executive @ DSCT
Damen Shipyards Cape Town aims to provide turnkey solutions for clients in Africa, says Benny Bhali, sales and marketing executive at DSCT. Over the last 12 years, the yard has built over 30 vessels for Africa. Benny outlines DSCT’s philosophy:
We are building vessels in Africa for Africa. We want to support African shipowners in creating a sustainable, successful business.
Benny: “Damen is a centre of knowledge and innovation. DSCT often provides advice to companies about projects. Before they are a Damen customer and tendering for a project they come to us.”
DSCT’s efforts led to an initiative to launch annual dredging and fishing seminars. The Africa Ship Leasing Fund also shows how Damen supports local businesses. “The fund helps customers provide sustainable employment and develop long-term businesses.”
Damen also supports the South African Government’s local content requirements, far exceeding the required 60%.
The shipyard has its own Training Academy and participates in the government’s ‘YES’ youth development programme, employing young artisans from previously disadvantaged communities and training them through the apprentice programme. Currently, DSCT is increasing employee numbers due to the prestigious Multi Mission Inshore Patrol Vessel project, where it will deliver three Stan Patrol 6211 vessels for the South African Navy. Benny emphasizes: “We are very proud to be participating in such a project.”
Benny is certainly positive about future prospects. “This continent has so much potential. We can help companies grow and partner them on their journey.
DSCT adds value for our clients. Customers are not just buying a ship, but a creative solution. We support our customers throughout the whole lifecycle of the vessel, we are with them for the long-haul!