ACTOM Electrical Products Divisional News – Durban Harbour

Durban Harbour


ACTOM Electrical Products wins fenders & bollards supply contract for Durban Harbour refurbishment

ACTOM Electrical Products, the ACTOM group’s distribution division and one of South Africa’s leading suppliers of electrical products, recently won a multi-million rand contract for quay fenders and bollards for installation at Durban Harbour’s Maydon Wharf as part of a refurbishment programme Transnet National Port Authority has embarked upon at the port.

The contract was awarded to the Arnot unit as local distributor for leading international marine quay equipment manufacturers FenderTeam (FT) of Germany.

The contract for the manufacture and supply of 59 fenders and 62 bollards for installation in a total of seven berths at Maydon Wharf is the largest contract for fenders & bollards the unit has won to date since being appointed FT’s local distributor in 2012.

The contract was awarded in mid-2014 by SS Axsys, the Durban-based marine works contractor responsible for installation of the equipment at Maydon Wharf. The equipment is being delivered over an extended period, the first delivery having been made in September last year and the final delivery scheduled for mid-2016.

The fenders replace the traditional large off-road tyre type fenders in order to accommodate the modern large types of ships calling at the Maydon Wharf precinct. This will result in improved protection of the ships’ hulls and the new quay walls from damage during berthing operations.

Each of the new fenders comprises a large rubber cone-shaped buffer that is bolted at its broad end to the side of the quay wall, while a metal frame to which a polyethelene (PE) panel is attached is in turn attached to the outer face of the rubber buffer. The purpose of the buffer is to absorb the shock of contract with a ship’s hull as it docks, while the PE panel provides a smooth surface for contact against the hull, thereby minimising any risk of damage to hull and quay wall alike.

The fenders are installed at regular intervals along the side of the quay wall to provide a unified surface for contact with the side of the hull, as well as to evenly spread the shocks of contact between the two. Each fender is matched by a bollard installed behind it on the quay wall.

ACTOM’s Arnot business unit is also a distributor to the local market of a range of anti-vibration products for industrial, mining and heating, ventilation & air-conditioning (HVAC) applications.

ACTOM (Pty) Ltd is the largest manufacturer, solution provider, repairer and distributor of electro-mechanical equipment in Africa, offering a winning and balanced combination of manufacturing, service, repairs, projects and distribution through its 40 distribution outlets throughout Southern Africa.

ACTOM is also a major local supplier of electrical equipment, services and balance of plant to the renewable energy projects.

It also holds numerous technology, distribution and value added reseller agreements with various partners, both locally and internationally.

For further information contact Fred van Hulten, ACTOM Electrical Products
PO Box 678 Germiston 1400
Tel (011) 878-3003 Fax (011) 878-3001

Press release compiled by Julian Kraft, J Kraft Public Relations
PO Box 2826 Wilropark 1731
Tel (011) 472-6686

Date:  June 23, 2015

Caption:  FenderTeam fenders like those being supplied for installation at Durban’s Maydon Wharf are shown here installed in a quay wall of a harbour in Europe.