Our History

DORMAC began our proud history in the Port of Durban through the merger of ship repair companies - Dorbyl Marine Durban and International Marine & Contruction (IMAC).

Dorbyl Marine contributed its entire business and shipyard facility which is in the Bayhead precinct of the Port of Durban, to the merged entity "DORMAC".

Company records show that Dorbyl Marine commenced its business as far back as 1903 and evolved into its then present self through a series of name changes - that being "Barens Shipyard" to "Dorman Long" to "Dorbyl Marine".

The Durban Shipyard is one of the earliest shipyards in Africa and was developed and created from a military flying boat yard that was located within a short distance of the present Prince Edward Graving Dock (built in 1925).


Floating Crane

Dormac Acquires the 60t self-propelled “Imvubu’ Floating Crane.


Lease extension

DORMAC achieves extensions to both the Durban and Cape Town leases with Transnet Port Authorities for a further 20 years and 10 years respectively. Through the acknowledgement and approval of the South African minister of transport, Dormac has been recognised as a company of national strategic interest and importance given our contribution to job creation, skills development and training and the attraction of foreign income to our ocean economy.


DORMAC Dry Dock 2

DORMAC Floating Dock 2 is brought into use in the port of Durban. Similar in size to DORMAC Floating Dock 1, The 2nd Floating Dock allows DORMAC to service an increased number of ships in their docking process.

September 2016

DORMAC Dry Dock 1

DORMAC Floating Dock 1 is brought into use in the Port of Durban. The floating dock is the first brand new ferro concrete floating dock to be brought into use in Africa.

July 2013

Quay 502

DORMAC acquires the lease of "Quay 502"in the Port of Cape Town.


Jack-up oil rig

DORMAC commences project work on the 1st jack-up oil rig to undergo a major upgrade and repair project in Saldanha Bay and the 1st full SPS upgrade in South Africa for 15 years. Major oil and gas projects have been executed annually by our teams ever since.


Fabrication house

DORMAC commenced major extensions to its Walvis Bay premises to create the largest fabrication house in Walvis Bay.


Semi-submersible oil rig

DORMAC commences project work on the 1st semi-submersible oil rig to undergo a major upgrade and repair in the Port of Saldanha.


Offshore oil & gas

The Group entered into the Offshore Oil and Gas engineering market. The Offshore Oil and Gas engineering business has exploded and is presently a dominant sector of DORMAC’s operations.


A new company

DORMAC forms a new company “DORMAC Marine and Engineering Namibia (Pty) Ltd” a company registered in the Republic of Namibia. Commences trading in port of Walvis Bay and immediately purchases premises located in the vicinity of the port.


Saldanha Bay

DORMAC Saldanha Bay branch opened October 2007.


Cape Town

DORMAC Cape Town branch opened and has since dominated the ship repair market in the Port of Cape Town. First premises occupied is in Wallflower Street and later moves to the present new premises in Marine Drive, Paarden Eiland.


Dorbyl Sells

Dorbyl sells its interest in Dormac to Southey.


Dorbyl Marine Durban

Dorbyl Marine Durban (which was formed in 1903), then owned by Dorbyl Limited merges with IMAC, owned by Southey Holdings. The new company “DORMAC” (the “Dor” from the word Dorbyl and the “Mac” from IMAC) established owning Durban operations and Richards Bay operations. The new entity is “Dormac Marine and Engineering (Pty) Ltd.


Richards bay

Richards Bay branch opened by IMAC (who were the 50% merged entity). This business has developed into the largest industrial fabricator in Richards Bay with just about all the major industrial companies choosing Dormac as their preferential supplier and manufacturer. It is also the only resident ship repair company in Richards Bay.

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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