Debmarine to acquire another crawler for MV Mafuta

WINDHOEK: Debmarine Namibia will acquire extra crawler technology for its MV Mafuta vessel at a cost of N.dollars 100 million in May this year.

Crawler technology is horizontal mining technology used to mine the seabed for minerals.

Debmarine Namibia Chief Executive Office (CEO), Otto Shikongo revealed this during a media briefing in the capital on Monday after a media familiarisation visit to the company’s MV Mafuta and MV Debmar Atlantic vessels in the Atlantic Ocean at Oranjemund over the weekend.

He said the acquisition of the additional crawler technology is meant to mitigate any production risks on the vessel, and to ensure the proper maintenance of the other crawler.

Shikongo said the MV Mafuta vessel is the company’s only mining vessel with crawler technology.

“Out of our five vessels, the MV Mafuta is the only one using the crawler technology while the other four vessels use the drilling technology,” he said.

The MV Mafuta is the largest vessel in the Debmarine Namibia fleet, and it was acquired at a cost of N.dollars 640 million in November 2012.

The ship is about 170 metres in length with a depth of 15 metres and a breadth of 24 metres. The MV Mafuta weighs approximately 16 000 tonnes.

The vessel is registered with the port of Lüderitz in Namibia.

It has over 60 crew members working on the vessel, with the majority of them being men. There are two females – a geologist and a surveyor.

The other four vessels are the MV Debmar Atlantic, MV Debmar Pacific, MV !Gariep and the MV Grand Banks.