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Vanguard transporting nuclear fuel storage casks from Cape Town to Koeberg nuclear power station in April 2019.


USA, all port handling, inward transportation in South Africa and complete handling at destination. Dale Huddy, Vanguard


project manager, said: “Our strength lies in the fact that we are involved in the entire process from the inception of the project to the final realisation of the project; we have been able to provide a full end-to-end service.” Throughout the project,


Vanguard had to liaise with various shipowners and operators to ship cargoes from Baltimore to Cape Town, which does not benefit from any direct scheduled services. One of the highlights,


Vanguard plays a key role in South Africa nuclear unit refit


South Africa-based Vanguard has completed a critical task to help ensure that the Koeberg nuclear power station continues to fire.


T


he Koeberg power station in South Africa, which was brought online during


April 1984, remains Africa’s only nuclear-fired unit. Situated at Duynefontein, 27 km north of Cape Town on the Atlantic coast, Koeberg ensures a reliable supply of electricity to the Western Cape. With an installed capacity of


1,940 MW, it plays a key role in propping up the country’s overstretched power generation mix. South Africa has been subject to rolling blackouts, as demand outstrips supply, so maintaining output at existing facilities is of utmost importance. The South African National


Nuclear Regulator (NNR), in alliance with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a United Nations agency, ensures that all work at the power plant – including the highly specialised heavy lifting


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operations – are carried out to the strictest international atomic energy safety standards. South Africa-headquartered


heavy lifting and transport engineering specialist Vanguard is well versed in the complexities of handling cargoes for the nuclear power generation industry.


Tendering standards Bryan Hodgkinson, a director at Vanguard, said: “Working in our nuclear industry is no different from anywhere else in the world. When tendering on work, it is imperative that one is acutely aware of the requirements and that your company can, from the


outset, demonstrate its commitment to the required standards in all aspects of your work and maintain that standard throughout the project.” Koeberg power station is


operated by Eskom, South Africa’s state-owned power utility; during 2017 Holtec International was awarded the tender to complete Koeberg’s refuelling programme. This


involved the relocation of 14 casks weighing 100 tonnes from the Holtec manufacturing site in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Koeberg. Vanguard was tasked with coordinating the initial land transportation to port in the


Our strength lies in the fact that we are involved in the entire process from the inception of the project to the final realisation of the project; we have been able to provide full end-to-end service.


according to Huddy, was watching a huge Wallenius Wilhelmsen Ocean (WW Ocean) ro-ro vessel, measuring 200 m in length, call at Cape Town Harbour knowing that it was only calling there on account of a Vanguard booking.


Additional contract Vanguard has recently been awarded a contract for port handling, inland transport and site transport works for six 380- tonne replacement steam generators being supplied to Koeberg by France’s Framatome. “In order to win this contract


we had to adhere to the strictest safety and quality audits I have ever been exposed to, and I am very pleased to say that Vanguard came through with flying colours,” explained Roland Cumings, managing director of Vanguard. The first cargoes are scheduled to arrive in mid-2020. One of the reasons that


Vanguard has been able to secure this contract, according to Cumings, is its commitment


to health and safety. In addition to the ISO 9001 quality management system, Vanguard also achieved the ISO 39001 Road Traffic Safety System (RTS), making Vanguard the first company in Africa to be awarded a Global Conformity (GC Mark) verified safe transport accreditation.


– Dale Huddy, Vanguard HLPFI www.heavyliftpfi.com


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