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SHIPPING: Cape Town Terminal Leads In Container Sector


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Better planning and streamlining of operations has given Cape Town’s container terminal the lead in productivity amongst the five container facilities operated by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) in South Africa.

With an achievement of 24 gross crane moves per hour (GCH) on average during July 2010, the Cape Town Terminal enjoyed a 9% improvement from June’s recorded average of 22 GCH. The overall Transnet target is 26 GCH.

Velile Dube, the new Regional Terminal Executive for TPT’s Western Province operations, attributed the improved performance in July to a reduction in force majeure disruptions caused by inclement weather, as well as improved employee skills as operators become more proficient in handling the new equipment procured as part of the terminal’s five year capacity creation project.

The equipment includes new Super Post Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and rubber tyred gantry (RTG) cranes. Decreased stack congestion in the terminal has encouraged a smoother operational flow. 

Said Dube, “We have managed to strike a balance in the availability of resources to meet operational demand and have also systematically improved productivity in our RTG crane operations.”

The new STS cranes give the terminal a competitive edge because they are faster than the older cranes and boast twin lifting capability, where two (2) six metre containers are handled simultaneously. This minimises the crane cycle time and increases the cycle frequency. 

Also contributing to improved productivity in July was Ship Working Hours (SWH), maintained at an average of 41 moves on all vessels. Ship Working Hours is the number of containers moved by the cranes working on a vessel in one hour.

Truck turnaround time was 26 minutes on average against a target of 30 minutes maximum, while stack occupancy was an average of 46% against a ceiling figure of 65%. Further plans to improve landside operations are advanced and even greater productivity is expected.

Greater emphasis has been placed on housekeeping compliance, which ensures conducive landside operations.

The terminal’s ongoing refurbishment has extended the quay wall by 10 metres and increased the draft by 15.5 metres on the high productivity Berth 601 and the first 40m of Berth 602. 

Equipped with four of the latest Super Post Panamax ship-to-shore cranes, the terminal is now able to service 305 metre vessels along Berth 601 and the first 40 metres of Berth 602.  In addition, the increased berth and increased height capacity of the cranes allow for the efficient handling of Super Panamax vessels.

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