Malusi Gigaba, South Africa’s public enterprises minister, has unveiled Transnet’s seven new ship-to-shore cranes at the Durban Container Terminal – Pier 2.
The cranes, which were supplied by China-based original equipment manufacturer ZPMC, following a competitive tender process in 2011, are part of Transnet Port Terminals’ crane fleet acquisition program targeted at replacing its aging fleet.
The new equipment can simultaneously handle four 20-foot containers and lift up to a maximum of 80 tons. They can accommodate vessels with 24 containers stowed across the deck.
“These capabilities will see a massive jump in productivity with gross crane moves per hour — a key measure of terminal efficiency and how well equipment is used — jumping from the current 26 to 33 GCH over the next three years,” Gigaba said during a tour of the terminal with members of the media. “This is a 27 percent improvement.”