Cranes added at Transnet’s Cape Town Container Terminal to boost productivity

South Africa – Tuesday, December 12, 2023

Transnet’s Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) has received a delivery of seven pre-used rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) .

The acquisition of the RTGs is part of the State-owned entity’s turnaround plan, whose key priorities include equipment availability, in order to support operational efficiencies .

Western Cape Terminals Managing Executive, Andiswa Dlanga, said: “The acquisition of additional RTGs in our terminal will go a long way in offering a reliable service to our customers, a much-needed boost for the growth of the Western Cape and South Africa’s economy .

“As a business, we are committed to deliver on our promise to customers and industry, thus equipment availability and reliability are at the core of what we do .

These additional machines will enable us to improve operational performance and turn-around vessels on time” .

In a statement, Transnet Port Terminals [TPT] explained that the new cranes will bring the number of TRGs operating at the CTCT to 27 – a timely boost as ahead of the peak of the deciduous season which is the terminal’s busiest time .

“Out of the 20 RTGs, seven of them were recently fitted with new engines and three with generators .

CTCT is currently completing maintenance repairs on two additional RTGs, which will bring the total number to 29 .

Over the next few days, the engineering team will spend time commissioning all the seven RTGs to ensure readiness before they are officially handed over to operations .

Concurrently, the operations team will roll out training to operators who will be working on the additional RTG machines .

“The acquisition of RTGs is a display of TPT’s commitment to the industry and stakeholders as more reliable equipment directly leads to improved productivity while also ensuring seamless vessel movement within the port,” the statement read .

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