Marine Data Solutions’ vision is to be the technology solutions provider of choice to Africa’s maritime authorities and associated industries. The company aims to continuously add value to its customers through the provision of superior products and service solutions by incorporating the knowledge and skills of its staff and alliance partners.
This year Marine Data Solutions proudly celebrates 10 years of maritime business excellence in the maritime technology sector. Since the company’s inception in 2004, Marine Data Solutions have made it its business to provide customers with world-class maritime solutions, which include; domain awareness solutions, vessel traffic services (VTS) systems, automatic identification systems (AIS), aids to navigation, management information systems, training aids and simulators, software and docking aids.
As a South African company, Marine Data Solutions are proud to be certified a Level 2 B-BBEE company, with an ISO 9001:2008 certification. At the core of the company’s business model is its commitment to excellent customer service, technology, innovation and continually enhancing the skills and knowledge of staff members. Over the years, the company has grown from strength to strength, leaving a visible footprint in the African maritime domain.
Marine Data Solutions has successfully completed over 60 installations across the continent, and have long-standing service level agreements with major maritime authorities in Southern Africa. The Marine Data Solutions head office is in Cape Town, with regional offices in Durban and Port Elizabeth.
COMPANY STATISTICS / DEMOGRAPHICS / HISTORY
Year founded: 2004
Founding members: Steve Nell, Mervyn Winter, David Lewis and Mervyn Robertson
Branches: Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban
Memberships: International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), Port Management Association of East and Southern Africa (PMAESA)
BUSINESS & FINANCE
Turnover: More than R40 million
Financial year-end: 28 February
Bank: First National Bank
Auditors: Marx Gore Charted Accountants
Current customer base: Major Maritime Authorities in Southern Africa
Key clients: Transnet Ports Authority, South African Maritime Safety Authority, Namibian Ports Authority, South African Defence Force
NATURE OF BUSINESS
Products/services offered: Vessel Traffic Management and Information Systems (VTMIS), Port Management Information Systems (PMIS), Coastal Automatic Identification Systems and Networks (AIS), Coastal Surveillance Systems, Maritime Simulators, GMDSS, Hydrographic Survey Data Processing Software, aids to Navigation
CONTRACTS & AWARDS
Elected as one of South Africa’s Best Employers for 2007, Tender Award recipient for the first coastal AIS system on the African continent.
ISO rating: 9001:2008
TRAINING & CSI
Training programmes: Committed to investing in human capital through technology and life skills training such as internal auditor training, first aid training and SQL training.
Employee incentive schemes: Annual performance bonuses
CSI initiatives: Community outreach initiatives such as donations to schools, churches and orphanages.
Black empowerment level – shareholding: >50.1 percent
Executive directors: >50.1 percent
Total staff: >50.1 percent black
Empowerment rating: Level 2 contributor – AQRate Verification
1 | Proudly associated with the Kongsberg Group, who are celebrating 200 years of business in 2014.
2 | Elected as one of South Africa’s Best Employers in 2007.
3 | Tender award recipient for the first coastal AIS system on the African continent.
4 | The Managing Director is the former president of the Industrial Members Committee (IMC) of IALA.
5 | Marine Data Systems is the predecessor of Marine Data Solutions.