Hawes - Project Management - Durban North, 4051, South Africa

Mike Hawes

Durban North, 4051, South Africa


A career of more than forty years in Commercial and Naval Maritime Industries for various commercial and naval shipbuilding interests. The South African Navy, Armscor; Dorbyl Marine, Dorbyl Motoryachts; Oceanco Inc. and Southern African Shipyards; PT Pal Shipyard Indonesia and Elgin Brown & Hamer (Pty) Ltd. Ship Repair, where I have held various management positions. A previous member of the Dti’s Maritime Development Strategy Think Tank.

Qualifications: I am a registered Professional Engineering Technologist Mechanical and Electrical and have a Post Graduate Diploma in Military Systems Engineering from University of Pretoria. A registered professional with the South African Institute of Mechanical Engineers and Society of Naval Architechts and Marine Engineers.

Experience: Experienced in the management of large production facilities and associated plant and engineering systems. Typically SA Naval Dockyard Simonstown, Manager Submarine Refit Section; Dorbyl Marine Shipyard – Shipbuilding Trials Manager; and SA Shipyards, Durban – Projects and Marketing Manager. Experienced in the management of estimating, tendering, design phases and contracting of naval and commercial shipbuilding projects, acceptance trials as well as the fabrication and installation of ship systems and production plant for the petro-chemical, pulp and paper, aluminium and sugar industries.

Currently working as and ad hoc technical consultant to Elgin Brown & Hamer (Pty) Ltd


Project Management


Specialities: Project Management and Specification of Naval Acquisition Projects, encompassing extensive practical exposure to all aspects of project management, marine engineering and ship design, and the integration of maritime electronic systems,

Work History

Consultant Marine Engineer

Ship Repair Durban

From January 2010

Consultant Marine Engineer for various Projects including the development of Ship Repair Maintenance Facilities in Southern Africa. Bid management for Projects Biro and Hotel; Management of the Bid Process on behalf of a three-company Consortium of Ship Repairers for the privatisation of the South African Transet National Ports Authority Dry Dock facilities. EBH Namibia, the establishment of a West Coast FPSO and Ship Repair Facility in Walvis Bay Namibia and the integration of the EBH Namibia Floating Dock and Rig Repair assetts. NamDeb - The reinstatment of the Floating Separation Plant and Dredger in Oranjemund, Namibia.

Specialist Engineering Design for Ship Repair Projects

February 2008 - January 2010

typically the removal, repair and replacement of the Cutter Suction Dredger URSA's Dredge Ladder of 1450 tonnes whilst the vessel was on a concrete Floating Dock. Specialist Engineering Support for Heavy Lift Studies

Project Manager

October 2007 - January 2008

for for the Acergy Eagle Pipe Laying Vessel Refit in Durban

Short Term Contract - Shipbuilding Systems Consultant to PT PAL Shipyard, Surabaya, Indonesia

Holman Fenwick and Willan

July 2007 - October 2007

Responsible for strategic analysis of the Shipyards Production and Projects in Progress (19-Vessels under construction and 3 900 employees) as well as the selection and replacement of the Managing Director and the formulation of a Productivity Improvement recovery programme to the Board of Directors for and on behalf of five Commercial Banks.

Short Term Contract - Shipbuilding Development Studies of small specialist vessels

Elgin Brown & Hamer (Pty) Ltd

May 2006 - July 2007

Responsible for Proposal Submission and Technical Execution Planning and Management.

Short Term Contract - Business Systems Advisor

Robertson and Caine (Pty) Ltd

August 2005 - February 2006

responsible for implementing turn-around strategies and senior management change for the Boat Building Operation in Cape Town.

Co-owner Yagil Maritime Ferry Development Group, Mozambique

Yagil Maritime Consultancy

July 2004 - July 2005

Maritime Consultancy services under contract to Department of Trade and Industry, Maritime Industry Strategic Think Tank, Siemens and other local Industries. Co-owner Yagil Maritime Ferry Development Group, Mozambique.

Engineering Partner

Pty Ltd - Yagil Maritime Consultancy

December 2003 - July 2004

Various Maritime Consultancy services under contract to Department of Trade and Industry, Shipbuilders Durban (Pty) Ltd. and others for the development of strategic Ferry Services for Mocambique, Maritime, Fluvial and Lake transport systems.

Marketing Manager

Southern African Shiyards

January 2001 - December 2003

Reporting to the General Manager / Managing Director. Responsible for the marketing of the Shipyard in Europe and Africa. Responsible for the Estimating of New Projects and Customer Liaison within the Shipyard.

Facility General Manger

Oceanco - Southern African Shiyards

February 1997 - December 2000

reporting to the Managing Director. Responsible for the Shipyard Systems including 11kVA Reticulation and Switching, Maintenance Administration and development of Shipbuilders Durban (Pty) Ltd, the redevelopment of the shipbuilding facilities and management of the facility and associated plant in general.

Chairman of Durban Shipbuilding Consortium. (now SA Association of Shipbuilders and Ship Repairers) A grouping of 19 Local and International Companies focussed on the redevelopment of shipbuilding in South Africa as part of a DTI and South African Iron and Steel Association Initiative.

Project Manager: PORTNET Tug Acquisition Project for the first local build of two 50 tonne Bollard Pull Voith Tractor Tugs to Lloyds Register. Director of SAFBuild a project specific JV.

Acting Manager Dorbyl Motoryachts

Dorbyl Marine (Pty) Ltd

March 1995 - December 1996

Reporting to the Director Shipbuilding Projects. Responsible for the management and profitability of the Steel and Aluminium Luxury Motoryacht production facility.

Technical Manager

Dorbyl Marine (Pty) Ltd

March 1991 - March 1995

reporting to the General Manager Industrial and Shipbuilding. Responsible for the tendering, design production planning and production control of all general steel fabrication and shipbuilding work undertaken by the Durban works. Contracts Manager for the production of 584-off 300,000 ampere Aluminium Bus Bars for Alusaf Hillside Smelter.

Project Services Manager

Dorbyl Marine (Pty) Ltd

January 1991 - March 1995

reporting to the General Manager Shipbuilding. Responsible for the production planning, quality assurance, setting to work trials and owners acceptance trials, of a series build of three, 8 000 ton, Sweeper Container Ships.

Supervision and reporting of the build quality, establishment of Shipyard ISO 9002 Quality Assurance Procedures and the implementation of build phase design changes, overall quality supervision and liaison with Germanischer Lloyd, third party QA inspection authority.

Design Manager

Dorbyl Marine (Pty) Ltd

March 1989 - January 1991

reporting to the Project General Manager (CONITEK)

Responsible for the contract management, systems integration and configuration management of design changes and design review of a major naval acquisition project involving three major international contractors and 27 sub-contractors active in the local design and manufacture and integration of ship and weapons electronic systems.

Manager Special Projects


January 1986 - March 1989

reporting to the Chief of Naval Staff - Plans, New Vessel Acquisition Projects.

Responsible for the Naval Specification and Project Management of a major vessel acquisition project in association with the Armaments Corporation of South Africa.

Manager Submarine Refit Section and Submarine Drawing Office

SA Naval Dockyard - Simon's Town

January 1983 - January 1986

Responsible to the Director Naval Dockyard Simonstown, for the Naval Dockyard Submarine Refit section (140 personnel) and the major overhauls of the three Daphne Class Submarines and acceptance trials thereof.

The design and procurement specification of heavy current DC Systems and storage batteries, AC Systems, high pressure hydraulic systems, 250 bar high pressure air systems as well as the survey and specification of repairs and modifications. Responsible for the engineering design of modifications of all equipment and weapons systems in the submarine and the quality of the refits as a whole.

Training Officer and Asst Flotilla Engineering Officer - Submarine Flotilla

SA Navy - Submarine Flotilla

From January 1980

Responsible for the operational availability and upkeep of the fleet of three submarines.

Responsible for the acquisition of submarine spare parts and the specification and testing and acceptance of modification design and substitute locally developed systems, equipment and spare parts.

Responsible for the training and operational preparedness of all seagoing engineering and deck personnel.

Engineering Officer at sea on various submarines

SA Navy - Submarine Flotilla

From January 1972

Responsible for the technical upkeep of all systems, and the engineering personnel under my control.

Diving Safety Officer

Nantes France

January 1969 - December 1972

Member of the Technical team for the SA Navy submarine build program in France. Responsible for the quality surveillance and trials acceptance of all mechanical and electrical systems as well as the conduct and witnessing of the Sea Acceptance trials.

Naval Technician

SA Navy

January 1966 - January 1969

Higher National Diploma for Technicians Mechanical and Electrical. Practical and theoretical training at sea and ashore on the operation and upkeep of the navy's Frigates, Mine Sweepers, and workshop technology. Operating experience on large diesel propulsion plant, 26 000 SHP steam turbines and associated plant, marine diesel generating plant, gas and steam turbines, general ship design and construction and upkeep.

Junior draughtsman mechanical

Maritime Industries

January 1965 - July 1966

to a major supplier of 70' GRP Purse Seine Fishing Vessels for the local and international fishing industry (Chile). Responsible for the quality control and testing of GRP fabrication processes and techniques to assess yield strength in order to optimize the design and production of a series build of fishing vessels which were being exported at a rate of one per week to Chile.

Qualifications & Certifications

Military Systems Engineering

University of Pretoria

Sea Point Boys High

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