The Port of Saldanha Bay, situated 120km north of Cape Town on the West Coast, is the largest and deepest naturally sheltered port in the Southern hemisphere. The Port covers a land and sea surface area of over 19300 hectares within a circumference of 91km and is able to accommodate vessels with a draft of up to 21.5 meters.


DORMAC in Saldanha Bay is perfectly positioned to accommodate the repairs and upgrades of offshore semi-submersible drilling rigs, Jack-Up rigs and other vessels requiring deeper water depths due to their draft restrictions.

The entrance channel is maintained at 23m, which is ideal for heavy lift vessel to float on/off MODU’s. This ability to lift rigs / vessels out of the water by means of a heavy lift vessel, in fact provides clients with a convenient “dry docking” service.

The town has capacity for 2000 people in hotels, BnBs etc and Dormac has access to a facility which houses 400 persons with 24hrs security, kitchen, mess hall, recreation hall and on-site shop. This facility is within the port with direct access.

Rig Refit Repair Berth

ISPS Compliant

Quay 250m long

Draught at quayside 15m deep

Diving surveys and UWILD’s

Quay is capable of executing heavy lifts

Quayside loading of approximately 15tons/m².

25,000 m² of hard concrete surface at the quayside

Berth facilities suitable for ranging anchor chains for survey

Around 40,000 m² open gravel laydown area, back of quay.

Mobile Cranes up to 1200 ton can be accommodated on the quayside

Port Workshop Facility

Capable of the fabrication and construction of jackets, piles, subsea structures (incl. manifolds), bridges, decks, process modules for onshore and offshore facilities and topsides for FPSO’s.

218 000m²

of compacted fabrication area, outside storage area, laydown and assembly area at quayside.


high bay fabrication workshop with 2 x 25 ton cranes with 17m under hook.


long dedicated quay with offset mooring bollards 210m apart.


Blasting and priming workshop


Material Warehouses


Cutting and Profiling Shop


Heavy pile / can welding line


Customs warehouse

3.5m MSL

Quay height

150 000

hours per month Yard capacity


Pipe spool fabrication and electrical & Instrumentation workshop


Water depth at quayside with soil conditions suitable for Jack-Up rigs to stand up.

Learn more about our Saldanha location

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Our Locations

With five fully equipped shipyards strategically placed around Southern Africa, DORMAC can cater for all possible repair and service requirements. Servicing all types of vessels, DORMAC has the necessary expertise, machinery and technical excellence to carry out repairs, upgrades and conversions when and where clients need it most.

Find us at any of the below locations or contact us

DORMAC Cape Town
DORMAC Saldanha Bay
11935 Platinum Street, Saldanha Industrial, Saldanha
DORMAC Walvis Bay