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Cape Town Container Terminal receives seven additional gantry cranes

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THE Cape Town Container Terminal received delivery of seven pre-used rubber-tyred gantry cranes on December 11, 2023. The acquisition of the rubber-tyred gantry cranes is part of Transnet Port Terminals’ turnaround plan. A key priority is equipment availability to support operational efficiencies.

The delivery of the rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs) coincides with the peak of the deciduous fruit season, which is the busiest time for the terminal. Transnet says that the acquisition of RTGs is a display of Transnet Port Terminals’ (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 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 delivering 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 turnaround vessels on time,” said Western Cape terminals managing executive, Andiswa Dlanga.

To date, CTCT has been operating with 20 RTGs and the delivery will bring the total number to 27. 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.

Transnet said that over the next few days, the engineering team would be commissioning all 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.

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