RoRo gains for KZN

2012-10-29 00:00

THE Durban RoRo (‘roll-on roll-off’) cargo and Maydon Wharf terminal’s equipment fleet has been bolstered by the procurement of 27 trucks in the last three months, representing an investment of just over R52 million.

This is the latest move in Transnet Port Terminals’ (TPT) R438 million investment to bolster the container handling capacity at the terminal, which mainly handles break-bulk and RoRo cargo, with specialised capacity to handle containers.

The haulers that have arrived are part of a fleet of 33 ordered.

TPT said the trucks would primarily be used for hauling cargo, both on the landside and on RoRo vessels, and would help improve the terminal’s efficiency.

Executive Manager Zeph Ndlovu added: “The equipment also enables TPT to continue its efforts to be environmentally-friendly as the engines are built for low pollution emissions, use less fuel and still offer the best performance.”

He said the trucks replaced old vehicles in the terminal and would result in increased productivity and more efficient operations.

The new trucks will work alongside four new mobile cranes acquired earlier this year. Two more cranes are scheduled to arrive by February 2013.

The infrastructure investments are aligned to Transnet’s market demand strategy, which will see TPT invest R33 billion in capital projects over the next seven years, with a focus on beefing up infrastructure at the terminals.

KZN is one of the main beneficiaries of this strategy. Transnet is set to spend about R300 billion on its overall capital investment programme to expand rail, port and pipeline infrastructure in South Africa.

“The equipment will facilitate quicker turnaround times of ships and thus reduce logistics costs for our valued customers and for the industry,” said Ndlovu.

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