TPT buys tools to op­ti­mise ef­fi­ciency

R1.3bn spent on up­grades

The Star Early Edition - - BUSINESS NEWS - Nom­pumelelo Mag­waza

TRANSNET Port Ter­mi­nal (TPT) spent R1.3 bil­lion on new port ter­mi­nal equip­ment, in­clud­ing strad­dle car­ri­ers and rail mounted gantries, which would al­low the Dur­ban Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal to ac­com­mo­date larger ves­sels and op­ti­mise ef­fi­cien­cies, the port op­er­a­tor said yes­ter­day.

TPT’s op­er­a­tional cap­i­tal is set to reach R2.7bn in the next two years, 80 per­cent more than the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year.

The di­vi­sion han­dles op­er­a­tions for the con­tainer, bulk, break-bulk and au­to­mo­tive sec­tors. Its fu­ture plans in­clude han­dling of com­modi­ties such as gas and liq­uid bulk.

The Dur­ban Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal Pier 2 re­ceived 10 Kal­mar strad­dle car­ri­ers, four strad­dle car­ri­ers and tow rail mounted gantries, which were as­sem­bled on site and handed over to Transnet last month.

The equip­ment will boost Pier 2 per­for­mance, which has been ranked in first place among African ports based on berth pro­duc­tiv­ity year to date. Pier Two was ranked by Maersk Line Ves­sels, which mon­i­tors berth pro­duc­tiv­ity.

The over­all R1.3bn spend, which is part of Transnet’s Mar­ket De­mand Strat­egy, will see ca­pac­ity in the Dur­ban ter­mi­nal rise to 3.3 mil­lion twen­ty­foot equiv­a­lent units (TEUs) from 2.9 mil­lion TEUs by 2017.

Zeph Ndlovu, TPT’s KwaZulu-Natal re­gional man­ager, said: “Our duty is to de­liver world class ser­vice to our cus­tomers and we have in­vested in this new equip­ment to do just that.”

The new Kal­mar strad­dles are diesel elec­tric and boast of a twin-lift ca­pa­bil­ity. They in­crease the ter­mi­nal’s com­pli­ment of twin-lift strad­dles from 32 to 46. The rail mounted gantries would ser­vice the rail ter­mi­nal as a re­place­ment of the two 34-year-old Demag cranes, TPT said.

The gantries are equipped with a ro­tat­ing trol­ley and have a span of 22.5 me­tres, a lifting height of 11m and a lifting ca­pac­ity of 41 tons un­der the spreader. “This is in line with Transnet’s strat­egy to im­prove rail op­er­a­tions for the di­ver­sion of cargo from road trans­port to rail, and to of­fer end to end to a whole pack­age of lo­gis­tics and so­lu­tions to our cus­tomers,” the group said.

TPT’s chief ex­ec­u­tive Karl So­cikwa has said the di­vi­sion’s spend­ing is set to rise to R7bn in 2018/19. This will be part of the R33bn in­vest­ments set aside for TPT, which are over 10 per­cent of the over­all sev­enyear R312bn.

Money for the in­fra­struc­ture pro­gramme for the Transnet, would be spent on the re­fur­bish­ment of all the coun­try’s ter­mi­nals in­clud­ing Dur­ban, Richards Bay, East London, Port El­iz­a­beth and the Ngqura Con­tainer Ter­mi­nal, Sal­danha and the Cape Town Ter­mi­nals.

Over the next two fi­nan­cial years, the con­tainer ter­mi­nals at Dur­ban Pier 1 and 2, Port El­iz­a­beth and Ngqura, as well as Cape Town, will re­ceive a to­tal of R2.7bn for both equip­ment and in­fra­struc­ture. All this will in­crease the di­vi­sion over­all con­tainer ter­mi­nal ca­pac­ity from 4 mil­lion TEUs to 7 mil­lion TEUs by 2019.

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