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SHIPPING: Heavy Investment In CT Harbour


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TRANSNET Port Terminals achieved several milestones in its equipment replacement programme last month, with the handover of an R87 million consignment of hauler units destined for Cape Town and Durban, plus six new cranes for the Cape Town container terminal.

Senior executives of German in-plant transportation systems manufacturer, MAFI, were in South Africa to hand over 16 of the 59 haulers in Cape Town. This was a follow-up order to the haulers supplied to the Port of Durban and Port Elizabeth in 2007 and 2008.

In total, 53 of the new hauler units will operate at the Cape Town container and multipurpose terminals and six at the Durban multipurpose terminal. When used with the new cornerless bathtub trailers recently procured, they will offer safer, faster handling and transportation of containers in the terminal yard.

Logan Naidoo, general manager: capital projects and technology at Transnet Port Terminals, says the terminal’s R4.2 billion expansion programme was taken further forward with these deliveries.

The hauler contract is valued at approximately R87 million. The next batch of 22 haulers will arrive by the middle of this month, and will replace the current old fleet.”

To add to this, the third batch of rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG’s), numbers 9 to 12, arrived last month onboard the vessel Maria Green. Two additional Liebherr ship-to-shore cranes arrived in components onboard the Beluga Legislation,” he says.

This brings the total number of RTGs at the terminal to 12 out of a planned 32. Of the 12, four have been commissioned. There are now six ship-to-shore cranes out of a planned eight.

The hefty investments into new cranes are part of the terminal’s five year programme to nearly double capacity from 740 000 TEUs to 1.4 million TEUs.

The cranes will be assembled on-site over the next few months before commissioning and testing.

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