To maintain the high service standard AMSOL provides to Clients it is essential that AMSOL’s owned and managed vessels are well maintained to ensure that we receive the relevant certification which allows the vessel to operate.

This is done using a partnership approach between the vessel and shore-based team – with the engine department onboard working in collaboration with the AMSOL Fleet Management Services team.

To ensure that drydocks are completed within the time allocated and budget set, planning commences months before which ensures alignment between all parties involved in the drydock, including dock management, suppliers, service providers and subcontractors; who must meet high SHEQ and risk management requirements.

Two recent projects include:


The AMSOL buoy tender vessel ‘Siyakhula’ entered the EBH floating dock – ELDOCK – in the Port of Durban for her 5-year class renewal survey on the 9th of October. The ‘Siyakhula’ provides support to Sapref for offshore terminal management operations, together with the ‘Siyanda’ and ‘Sibanye’.

The Classification Society had a list of requirements which were carried out while the vessel was in dock which included inspecting the hull, firefighting equipment and overhauling the main engines.


As an essential link in the management of PetroSA’s offshore terminal out of Mossel Bay, the AMSOL buoy tender vessel‘Sisonke’ provides a turnkey service and supports inspection, repair and maintenance activities, as well as static towing. After a busy operational period, she entered Simonstown dry dock on the 15th of October 2019.

In addition to pre-planned maintenance works, renewal surveys of the hull structure were carried out at the five-year interval to ensure that her condition meets the requirements of the Classification Society. Her drydock was completed on time and she returned to service as planned.