SMIT Amandla Marine

SMIT Amandla Marine

In the niche market of specialist marine services, SMIT Amandla Marine has a track record in Southern Africa that is without comparison. Utilising specialist human and hardware resources, the company is in tune with its Clients’ needs and tailor makes solutions to suit their individual requirements. This is one of the company’s many competitive advantages along with its commitment to the ongoing development of its skills base. The company was formed in 2005 with the sale of 30% of its operations to black shareholders and an inclusive Employee Trust that benefits more than 450 employees. This means that the people of SMIT Amandla Marine have a vested interest in the company’s sustainability and growth. SMIT Amandla Marine ascribes to the ethos of SHE-Q in all that it does – which encompasses a respect for and adherence to strict safety, health, environmental protection and quality guidelines and requirements.

Since May 2010, Smit is a member of Royal Boskalis Westminster NV. Smit’s services are divided into four divisions: Smit Harbour Towage, Smit Terminals, Smit Salvage and Smit Transport & Heavy Lift.

In the six years since the company was formed as a black empowered maritime services provider, the company has made significant strides in developing talent, attracting new entrants to a career at sea and working with other industry players to ensure investments made in people realise returns for employees and the industry alike. Earlier this year, the first Employee Trust dividend payout to permanent employees was made since the company’s formation in 2005, signifying a new phase in empowerment following the repayment of loans taken by the Employee Trust for the acquisition of 12 percent of the company. As a market leader, remaining a trusted partner to clients such as PetroSA, De Beers, SAPREF and key South African government departments is a key ingredient for success!



Year founded: 2005
Founding members: Smit Holdings SA (Pty) Ltd, African Maritime Investment Holding (Pty) Ltd, Smit Amandla Marine Employee Trust
Employees: 632
Branches: Cape Town (head office), Mossel Bay, Durban, Port Nolloth (Operations), Richards Bay (Operations)
Trade affiliations: South African Oil & Gas Alliance, South African Maritime Safety Authority, Maritime Security Committee, South African Association of Ship Operators & Agents (SAASOA)
y3 Maritime Chamber of the Transport Education & Training Authority, Advisory Board Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Advisory Board Durban University of Technology, South African Maritime Training Academy
Professional bodies: Master Mariners Society, South African Institute of Marine Engineers & Naval Architects, International Institute for Risk & Safety Management


Financial year-end: 31 December
Market share: 60%
Bank: FNB Corporate
Auditors: KPMG
Key clients: Department of Transport, Department of Agriculture Forestry & Fisheries, Department of Environmental Affairs, PetroSA, Transnet National Ports Authority, South African Maritime Safety Authority, SAPREF, De Beers Marine South Africa, BP, Engen, Shell, Tullow Oil, Chevron, Bluewater, France Telecom


Activity: Specialist marine services
Products/services offered: Commercial vessel management, emergency response, oil pollution abatement, offshore terminal management, offshore supply and support, bunker operations, ocean and coastal towage


Industrial standards: International Ship Management (ISM) – Lloyds of London
Environmental health & safety standards: International Ship Management (ISM) – Lloyds of London
Awards: 2011 African Access National Business Awards – Diversity in the Workplace
Major contracts: Department of Transport – Standby Vessel for Emergency Response on the South African Coast


Black Empowerment Level: Level 3 contributor


1. Largest employer of South African Seafarers in the country
2. Only ship owner/operator/manager in SA with 100% South African content
3. Guardian of the South African coastline for some 28 years
4. Major contributor to industry career development
5. Only maritime operator in SA where the employees are shareholders


Managing Director: Paul Maclons
Financial Director: Caven Leale
Marketing & Communications Manager: Clare Gomes
Human Resources Manager: Pumla Grootboom
Physical address: 31 Carlisle Street, Paarden Eiland, Cape Town 7405
Postal address: PO Box 1339, Cape Town 8000
Telephone: +27 (0)21 507 5777
Fax: +27 (0)21 507 5885


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November 29, 2013

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