Every Inch Matters

Isandlwana, Dredger, MPP 690 Twin

The dredger Isandlwana dumps a load of dredge masses where a ship recently ran aground. This work is an important step in repairing the damage to the seabed, and in due time marine life and the natural environment will go back to normal. The crew onboard Isandlwana is happy to assist in restoring the waters of their homeport of Richards Bay, though this is not the main task of the 6000-ton dredger.

Richards Bay is Africa’s second largest port industrial port. Keeping business flowing at full capacity is vital to the fast-growing economy in southern Africa as well as to the economy all around the world. Without dredging, ship owners would have to reduce their volumes and the vessels wouldn’t be able to come into port.

Risky Business

Dredging is a risky as business as they have to go into dangerous places and precise maneuverability is crucial for the safety of the vessel and its crew. The entire crew knows the importance of teamwork and they pull together, regardless of gender. Africa’s first female dredge master works on Isandlwana, something that has made national news in South Africa. Proud of her role as dredge master, she hopes her success will inspire other women to follow in her footsteps to balance the gender gap in this industry. Integrity, ingenuity and teamwork is the fuel powering the crew of the Isandlwana, 24 h a day, two weeks a month and ten months a year. Their strength comes from knowing they directly support the growing economy of their boat and their country.


Every Inch Matters

Watch how the dredger Isandlwana dumps a load of dredge masses where a ship recently ran aground.


Every Inch Matters - Isandlwana, Dredger, South Africa