Kongsberg has formally opened its first office and warehouse facility in the Republic of South Africa.
Kongsberg Maritime South Africa has been established to better serve customers located in, or visiting ports across the country and throughout the Sub-Saharan region.
Kongsberg’s expansion in South Africa comes as the Government’s National Development Plan turns towards maritime resources as part of ‘Operation Phakisa’, a program implemented to unlock the economic potential of South Africa’s oceans.
The Kongsberg Maritime South Africa facility currently combines office and warehouse space in addition to a testing lab, with plans already in place to open training facilities that will help local offshore operators to meet local content requirements.
According to the company, its current focus is on service, maintenance and after-market support, but the facility will act as a local contact point for all customers in the region.
“The current shipping and offshore markets are challenging but it’s vital that we continue to support our global customer-base by ensuring we have local facilities ready to help wherever a vessel may be,” said Vegar Arndal, EVP global customer support, Kongsberg Maritime. “Our new South Africa office positions a team of experts closer to our customers in the region, enabling a faster, more cost-effective response should we need to visit a vessel. I see Kongsberg Maritime South Africa as a first and important building block in our journey in the region. We have a long-term focus and expect the African continent to be even more exciting going forward.”
“We see an ocean of opportunities in South Africa and throughout the continent, with fast growing economies that attract more and more shipping traffic and a steady offshore oil & gas industry,” said Rune Haukom, VP global customer support – offshore and chairman of Kongsberg Maritime South Africa. “By being present with our own facility, we will be better positioned to support local industry across the entire Sub-Saharan Africa region and be part of the growth that Operation Phakisa is expected to generate.”