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De Beers’ record-breaking commission
25 Oct 2019

When it comes to diamonds, De Beers Group is a household name, famed for the scale of its operation and its ubiquity in the market. De Beers has been around since 1888 and has principally been concerned with extracting diamond resources from onshore mines in several countries on the African continent.

From the early 1990s, De Beers began to complement its onshore mining operations by moving into offshore diamond recovery as well, as technology made the practice more cost-effective. De Beers expanded its offshore diamond mining operations in Namibia and in 2000 established Debmarine Namibia in partnership with the Namibian Government. Debmarine Namibia has been growing production from its fleet of offshore mining vessels ever since. More recently, technological development allowed a technique known as sub-sea crawling to come to prominence, thanks to its operational efficiency... Continue reading from the link below.


IQS appointed by De Beers Marine for AMV 3 Mining Vessel Project
29 May 2019

DEBMARINE Namibia today announced that its Board of Directors have approved the construction of the world's first ever custom-built diamond recovery vessel. The new vessel is expected to cost US$468 million (N$7 billion) and represents the largest ever single investment in the marine diamond industry. The ship will become the seventh vessel in the Debmarine Namibia fleet and is scheduled to commence operations in 2022. On completion, the vessel is expected to add 500,000 carats annually to Debmarine Namibia's production - an increase of approximately 35% on current production.

Following an extensive global tendering process, Darmen Shipyards were selected to build the ship based on their strong track record for delivering quality vessels and their advanced technological capabilities. The new vessel will incorporate the latest marine technologies that will drive improved safety performance while optimising efficiency and utilisation rates. The ship will be assembled in Romania with key equipment being supplied from Norway, Poland, Europe and South Africa, where final construction and commissioning will also be completed.

Tom Alweendo, Minister of Mines and Energy, said: "We note and appreciate the investment announced today by Debmarine Namibia. It is through investments like this we can continue to develop Namibia's economy. As the Government we will continue to do what we can to promote and encourage investment in the mining sector."
Bruce Cleaver, CEO De Beers Group, said some of the highest quality diamonds in the world are found at sea off the Namibian coast.

“With this investment we will be able to optimise new technology to find and recover diamonds more efficiently and meet growing consumer demand across the globe," he said.
The new vessel is expected to create more than 160 new jobs alongside Debmarine Namibia's current workforce of 975 employees


De Beers Marine
11 Jul 2018

De Beers Marine has re-newed its serivce contract with IQS for a further period of 3 years (2021).
In doing so, IQS has been appointed the preferred serivce provider for Project Quality Management, Inspection Services and ABS & Lloyds Class approved NDT.
IQS look forward to providing on-going support and assistance on all planned projects to DBM thorughout the contractual period.


SANAS 17020 Accreditation
13 Apr 2018

IQS is pleased to announce that it has recently been accredited by SANAS as an Accredited Inspection Body, Type A, No INSP0040, Inspection of fabrication, erected and in-service steel structures against AWS D1.1/D1.1M.
This accreditation will ensure IQS remains an effective and disciplined provider of global inspection and quality services.




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