Oceancraft focuses on turnkey solutions through its ability to offer our expertise and experience in ship and boat building from conceptual stage, through the construction stage under any recognized classification survey, to testing, handover and delivery.

Oceancraft was established in 2001 and is owner-managed by Andre’ van Niekerk. In 2002 Andre’ established Veecraft Marine, a successful and trusted Cape Town based Shipbuilding company, which was later acquired in 2014, by the Nautic Group.

Oceancraft has remained owner-managed but is now supported by a team of experts who have over 25 years of experience in Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering. Our team has a proud history of exceeding our client’s requirements and delivering quality products on time.

While Oceancraft focuses on technology transfer and specialized craft, we have a strategic partnership with our sister company QUAYSIDE MARINE who has over 450 proven designs incorporating the latest technology and manufacturing techniques. This range covers WORKBOATS, HARBOUR VESSELS, PASSENGER FERRIES, CREW AND SUPPLY VESSELS, PATROL BOATS and INTERCEPTORS


  • Specialized Craft
  • Customized Designs

  • Shipbuilding technology transfer

  • New product development

  • Project Management and Onsite Supervision


Oceancraft believes in providing a turnkey solution. Not only do we offer you a proven or customized design, we have the expertise and experience to supervise the build of your vessel at your selected in-country shipyard or one of our affiliated shipyards.

Oceancraft offers onsite Construction Support and Owners Representative Services. Our experienced staff has established relationships with suppliers and proven processes at affiliated yards. We also assist shipyards in the use of new materials and particular types of vessel construction methods.

Oceancraft provides a wide range of services to develop and manage complex ship building projects. We cover all construction phases:


  • Product Development

  • Specification writing and review


  • Shipyard appraisal and selection

  • Technical negotiations

  • Contractual review


  • Manufacturer selection

  • Design approval


  • Supervision

  • Commissioning

  • Guarantee support

  • Owner representation

Our on-site Supervision Team works to a methodology that is based on refined procedures that have been developed through years of ship building and operational experience. Our methods are more stringent than those usually implemented by shipyards and accepted by Classification Societies, thus ensuring that we achieve a higher standard of quality.

It is our policy to offer a quality and professional service to our clients, thus building strong relationship throughout and after the successful conclusion of the project.



Oceancraft has a track record with most hull forms, including mono-hull, catamaran and trimaran as well as the diverse range of propulsion systems which includes the use of hydro-supportive foils. This coupled to our established manufacturing processes of steel, aluminium and composite hulls ensures that our years of experience are reflected in a product that meets your expectations.

Oceancraft vessels are built for performance, reliability and maintainability in the most extreme conditions and for the most discerning operators. Oceancraft vessels are have simplistic, but functional interiors and machinery spaces.

Oceancraft considers each client’s specific requirements and with our ability to leverage off our range of proven craft, we will tailor-make your vessel to meet your specification.


Oceancraft’s Executive team has owner-managed and established new yards. We recognize the need for countries to stimulate their own economies through local production, thus proving skills development, job creation and economic growth.

We now offer Shipyard Technology Transfer as a turnkey process to you. We offer all aspects of the ship and boat building process:

Oceancraft have the expertise to establish your new shipyard or upgrade an existing facility.

  • Shipyard Facility Study

  • Shipyard Facility layout and design, including structural design of building

  • Supervision of the construction of the yard and factory process

  • Procurement of the Shipyard Machinery and Equipment

  • Strategic Planning

  • Development and Design of Product, using a world renowned database

  • Marketing and Sales Plans

  • Quality Management Processes

  • Process Control and Industrialization

  • Process Control and Industrialization

  • Financial Systems control

  • Quality Assurance Systems

  • Configuration Management

  • Logistic Support

  • Acceptance Testing and Trials

  • Data books and Manuals

  • After Sales Service and Warranty

  • Training


Oceancraft understands that after-sales service and support is as important as the vessel itself. We believe in building longstanding relationships with our clients.


    Theory and practical modules covering the operation and maintenance of the vessel


    Handbooks, Manuals and Data Packs


    Lifecycle and Maintenance service analysis and implementation


    Solutions for all vessel equipment and machinery needs from reliable supplier networks



    PO Box 31167
    Cape Town
    South Africa

    Phone: +27 (0)21 712 8747
    Mobile: +27 (0)83 440 7842

    Email: andre@oceancraft.co.za
    Web: www.oceancraft.co.za