DEBMARINE NAMIBIA IS THE WORLD’S LARGEST MARINE DIAMOND MINING COMPANY
Namibia has the richest known marine diamond deposits in the world and is among the top 10 producers of gem quality diamonds globally. The journey of offshore marine diamonds started billions of years ago when volcanic activity sent diamonds into the riverbed of the great Orange River, which over millions of years washed the diamonds into the Atlantic Ocean.
Debmarine Namibia is Namibia’s leading marine diamond mining company and is a recognised world leader in marine diamond exploration and mining technology.
Debmarine Namibia is a joint venture marine diamond prospecting and mining company, owned in equal shares by the Government of the Republic of Namibia and De Beers. Debmarine Namibia is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Namdeb Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
Debmarine Namibia became operational in January 2002. Debmarine Namibia mines in the off-shore mining licence area off the southern coast of Namibia. The company operates five diamond mining vessels, namely Debmar Atlantic, Debmar Pacific, !Gariep, Grand Banks and Mafuta. Two mining technologies are deployed, the airlift-drill and the crawler mining technology. The mining vessels mine diamonds off the ocean floor using highly advanced drill technology and supported with sophisticated tracking, positioning and surveying equipment.
This national icon not only uses the most advanced marine diamond mining technology, but its people are shining stars in the Namibian mining industry with highly sought-after skills and specialised experience. Debmarine Namibia employs 800 human gems, of which about 90 are based at its head office in Windhoek and the rest are sea-going employees. The vessels operate on a twenty-eight days on, twenty-eight days off shift system.
Debmarine Namibia is ISO 14001, ISM and OHSAS 18001 certified, in line with its commitment to safety and environmental management. This commitment to sustainability has made Debmarine Namibia a shining example since it first started operating as a full Namibian company and will ensure that the company continues to unlock the sparkle in Atlantic 1 and make a meaningful contribution to the Namibian economy.