SA firm signs with manufacturer

2012-01-20 00:00

TRANSNET Port Terminals (TPT) yesterday signed a ground-breaking contract with Austrian-based harbour crane manufacturer Liebherr Werk Nenzing, for the purchase of six mobile harbour cranes.

The cranes are part of TPT’s Durban RoRo and Maydon Wharf Terminal’s R438,3 million investment in container-handling capacity.

TPT said the agreement covers design, fabrication, delivery, erection, testing and commissioning of the cranes.

The terminal, which mainly handles bulk, agri-bulk and roll-on roll-off (RoRo) cargo, has experienced a steady increase in container volumes. These containers are currently handled using vessel-mounted cranes and yard trucks such as reach stackers.

“The enhancement in container-handling capacity will complement the Durban Container Terminal’s [DCT] existing capacity. Positive spinoffs will include reduction in vessel delays and improved service offering,” TPT stated.

Work has commenced at an additional berth identified at Maydon Wharf to prepare it for container handling. This includes strengthening the quay wall and deepening its draft, TPT said.

“The investment in these assets is part of our aggressive drive to improve infrastructure and facilities at all our terminals,” said Karl Socikwa, chief executive of TPT.

“During the course of the current financial year, we bought seven tandem lift ship-to-shore cranes which will be delivered at the Durban Container Terminal’s Pier Two late in 2012.

“These are the largest of their kind deployed at any container terminal in the southern hemisphere,” said Socikwa.

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