The Tools Of Our Trade
We may service Hollywood but we don't believe in Mickey Mouse when it comes to the tools of our trade. Marine Scene constantly strives for the highest standards through every aspect of our operation, from our towing vehicles to the boats, platforms and all the marine equipment that we use to provide our world-class marine services, our clients can rest assured that they have only the best of the best available to them. We do not compromise on reliability, durability, quality or safety! This is especially the case with our boats.
Our technical support capabilities are unsurpassed in that we operate a primary in-house fleet of four commercially certified, high-powered Gemini 8.5m Rigid Inflatable Boats. We generally use powerful, twin-engine boats when going to sea so that nothing is left to chance. The outboard engines used to power our vessels are cutting edge 4-stroke technology and have a low carbon footprint yet are strong enough to endure many rigorous hours of operation without any concerns.
They are built tough and consistently deliver. Endurance, reliability and strength in a powerful package, with a combined range of 300 - 450 hp, these vessels cruise comfortably at speeds of 25 -28 knots with a top speed of 50 knots in good conditions. Ultimate efficiency; saving you time, saving you money...
As professionals, we also do not believe that our passengers should have to sit on the pontoons when travelling with us. We have 12 to 14 specially designed "jockey seats" on all of our 850 support R.I.B's which provide a safe and comfortable ride. The design and configuration of these seats minimizes the possibility of losing gear and personal effects or, more importantly, crew overboard.
The seats are completely removable so that within half an hour the deck of the R.I.B can be cleared partially or completely for specialized operations. Grant has been instrumental in the design and manufacturing process of these R.I.B's, based on the success and versatility of our flagship Whalesong. They are all certified for commercial diving, and to travel the entire South African coast up to 40nm offshore, day and night.
It is the only way to operate on an international stage and we are constantly being thanked by Producers and Events organisers for making them look so good to their foreign clients, and for setting the bar. Marine Scene has for many years been a proud brand ambassador for Gemini Marine, a South African manufacturer of a world leading range of Inflatable craft, exported all over the world for use in the Commercial, Police, Military and Rescue sectors.
Most commonly utilizing their Waverider series RIB's; the 550, 650, 730 and of course the internationally renowned 850's; extensively in the many boating applications and industries we service. The Waverider 850 is currently considered GEMINI's international Benchmark product and year-on year best seller, for good reason, its versatility and proven ability in rough conditions continue to distinguish it from the other brands.
Gemini Marine, is the sole provider of rescue and work vessels to amongst others the National Sea Rescue Institute, D.E.A.T Fisheries Patrol vessels and the National Ports Authority, this clearly speaks volumes with regards to the stringent safety standards and exceptional build quality with which these vessels are manufactured.
Although we at Marine Scene over-spec our boats, designing them fit-for-purpose, some of the features of our flagship WR850's includes:
- Mil-Spec "Hypalon" tubes (1100Dtex)
- Hulls are "Highest in Class" drop-test rated
- Full house Electronics Package: GPS/ Plotters/Sounders; VHF
- Additional First Aid, Fire-fighting and Distress equipment
- Reinforced on/in deck mounting & fixing points
- Oversized Fuel tanks below deck fitted to ISO standards
- Selection of on-deck hardware configurations; seats, stowage containers,
SCUBA tank racks, Camera base mounts amongst others.
In addition to the variety of R.I.B's and I.B's, we have an 11m Gee Cat, two 7.5m x 4m floating platforms known as Grip Ships that carry the Super Techno crane, 7 specialised P.W.C's (Jetski's) and every piece of marine equipment you can think of, to meet client requirements on the water. We have key subcontractors from whom we charter bigger vessels to accommodate large crews at sea and an experienced land-based Marine Production team to synchronize our efforts efficiently.
Our personnel compliment includes:
- Marine Coordinators and Boat Wranglers
- Technical Consultants (OH&S, Risk Assessments, etc.)
- Specialist Skippers and Crew for sailing and stunt work
- Certified Lifesavers & Surface Rescue Swimmers
- Level 7 Paramedic Rescue Divers supported by medical emergency services
- Class II Diving Supervisors and Class III Commercial Divers for rigging,
recovery work and all underwater support (Direction, Camera, Grips, Lighting, Cast, SFX and Stunts)
True to the spirit of professionalism that we embrace, our vehicle fleet consists of some very serious 4x4 vehicles; primarily Toyota Land Cruisers and a Nissan Patrol GRX, these vehicles are amongst the most highly renowned 4x4 vehicles internationally. Their reliability and extreme engineering has earned them reputations as benchmark performance vehicles chosen for service in the harshest environments across the globe, these are potent work vehicles that are built Africa-tough! Their strength, power and reliability allow us extreme mobility with our trailer-borne craft...no matter where we are needed we have what we need to get there... at your beck and call .