Shipyard in Angola has a lack of specialized staff

17 July 2015

The lack of workers specialised in mechanics, electrics, marine engineering and metalwork is hampering the normal operations of the Naval Shipyard in Namibe, Angola, the head of the shipyard said Thursday.

Carlos Simões also told Angolan news agency Angop that the shipyard was working with people who have many years of experience, but without professional training in the field, and this is reflected in the low quality of their work.

To minimise the effects of this situation, Simões said the shipyard’s management decided to offer regular practical training courses using partnerships with foreign counterparts.

He said demand for services provided by the yard was reduced, adding that fishermen do not have the financial capacity to pay for the yearly maintenance costs of their boats and this means they put off work until their vessels are beyond repair.

The shipyards services include maintenance of ships of up to 26 metres, maintenance, sand blasting, high-pressure washing and fibreglass repair along with metalwork, mechanical, electrical, winding, painting and iron hull maintenance services. (macauhub/AO)