MARINE: NFS Wins Namport Over
Recent Western Cape Business News
In June Cape Town-based NFS Industrial delivered three new Reach Stackers to Namibia Port Authorities (Namport) at its Walvis Bay and Luderitz ports. With the latest delivery Namport now operate 11 Konecranes Reach Stackers – 9 in the Walvis Bay port and 2 in Luderitz.
The Namibian ports industry has shown a significant growth in containerisation, increasing its demand for reliable, cost effective container handling equipment. This demand was further fuelled by it objective to becoming the gateway to Southern Africa via its West coast ports.
Anton van Rhyn (Technical Services Manager-Namport) says the Konecranes Reach Stacker came out tops in their evaluation process. “It is an excellent, trusted product; with good product support and low lifecycle costs” The evaluation for the new equipment was very detailed involving the assessment of a variety of manufacturers with a focus on quality, track-record, performance and ongoing service and support. NFS delivered three Konecranes 4531TB5 Reach Stackers. The Reach Stackers have the ability to stack laden containers of 45t 5 high in the first row, 31t 4 high in the second row and 16t 3 high in the third row. The Konecranes Reach Stacker boasts fast moves, with high efficiency.
The load-sensing hydraulic system adapts the lifting power to the weight of the goods. Less power is needed for lifting at the same time and more power is available to move the truck, resulting in lower fuel consumption and less wear.
Alistair Chalmers (NFS Group Managing Director) says that NFS have enjoyed a strong relationship with Namport.
“Securing this business has further cemented an enduring and positive partnership for both businesses.” “This is really pleasing for NFS as we look to build our partnership further and play a bigger part in supporting the expansion of the ports of Walvis Bay and Luderitz.”
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