Gigaba unveils ‘biggest cranes in Africa’

2013-05-13 16:18

Seven ship-to-shore cranes worth R700 million have been unveiled by Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba at Transnet’s Durban container terminal.

“They are the biggest in Africa and can handle new generation vessels with 24 containers stowed across the deck,” said Gigaba today.

The new equipment could simultaneously handle two 12-metre containers or four six-metre containers and could lift up to a maximum of 80 tons, he said.

The cranes were acquired to boost productivity and efficiency at the Durban port, which was Transnet’s busiest.

Transnet group CEO Brian Molefe said the cranes could move 33 boxes an hour. The old ones had moved 18 boxes an hour.

He said the cranes would make the port more attractive because the company would work faster and be more efficient.

Transnet employees had been sent for training to ensure they could operate the cranes, he said.

Employees had to develop their operational skills, container planning, technical support, and maintenance skills, he said.

The cranes were supplied by the Chinese manufacturer, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co Ltd.

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