TPT buys tools to optimise efficiency
R1.3bn spent on upgrades
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.