Transnet's R700m crane buy to boost Durbs

Transnet's R700m crane buy to boost Durbs

2013-05-13 17:31

Durban - Seven ship to shore cranes worth R700m were unveiled by Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba at Transnet's Durban container terminal on Monday.

"They are the biggest in Africa and can handle new generation vessels with 24 containers stowed across the deck," said Gigaba.

The new equipment could simultaneously handle two 12-metre containers or four six-metre containers and could lift up to a maximum of 80 tons, he said.

The cranes were acquired to boost productivity and efficiency at the Durban port, which was Transnet's busiest.

Transnet group CEO Brian Molefe said the cranes could move 33 boxes an hour. The old ones had moved 18 boxes an hour.

He said the cranes would make the port more attractive because the company would work faster and be more efficient.

Transnet employees had been sent for training to ensure they could operate the cranes, he said.

Employees had to develop their operational skills, container planning, technical support, and maintenance skills, he said.

The cranes were supplied by the Chinese manufacturer, Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries.

"The cranes are part of government's infrastructure investment plan and are vital to the plan to improve the Durban to Gauteng freight corridor," said Gigaba.

Gigaba said the Durban port project will create better access to markets for firms along the corridor between Durban and Gauteng.

"It will move our economy forwards. That's for sure. By 2030 the Durban Gauteng freight corridor should be a model for how to optimise a freight corridor."

Gigaba said the Durban container terminal is the first in the southern hemisphere to have these types of cranes.

"Over the next 20 years, Transnet will increase the current capacity of 45 cranes in seven ports and purchase 39 more cranes to further develop South African ports to world class levels," Gigaba said.

Durban currently handles about 2.5 million teus of containers, and is expected to grow this number to 12 million teus over the next 20 years.

The 20-foot container, referred to as a twenty-foot equivalent unit (teu), is the standard reference unit for the industry.

Gigaba also touched on the plans for the new Durban dugout port that is planned for the Durban's former airport site. He said this new port facility will be developed between 2016-2039.

"We must never stop planning and investing in infrastructure capacity," Gigaba said. He added that this will help ensure South Africa's economic growth at required levels.

 - Fin24 and Sapa

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  • En Gineer - 2013-05-13 19:09

    Transnet's CEO is really turning things around at the moment. Not just with our ports, also regarding rail infrastructure and locomotive engineering.

  • Alan Street - 2013-05-13 20:56

    Now the chinks own durban harbour. Their closest direct port. Goodbye abelone copper and welcome tax free imports counterfeit goods and drugs.

      En Gineer - 2013-05-13 21:05

      Prime example of someone being negative for the sake of being negative. What does a crane have to do with the contents of a ship and where that ship is from?

      Richard Scully - 2013-05-13 22:13

      And you en gineer are a prime example of someone desperately trying to cover for your ANC comrades at any lie or cost

      En Gineer - 2013-05-14 00:38

      I don't even vote ANC, but that doesn't mean I should agree with a stupid comment. If you throw the ANC tag at everyone that disagrees with you, it says a lot about your ability to hold a simple debate and your maturity level. Again, what does the purchasing of cranes have to do with what flows into Durban's harbour?

  • Spencer Erling - 2013-05-14 07:41

    Why on earth do Portnet import these cranes fully from China when South Africa has a fully fledged industry quite capable of doing at least 60-70% of the work locally?

      Zahir Kamdar - 2013-10-03 02:29

      Possibly a cost factor? Probably cheaper to import it from china then to manufacture it here? Also probably a very specialized piece of equipment of which I bet the Chinese have mastered considering the number of containers they move out of their harbors per year . In any case, where ever its from or whoever made it, I hope it does its job well and the guys are well trained to use it, Delays at the port cost us all in the long run .

  • Graeme Stockwell - 2013-05-14 08:11

    We cant get on the tender list(not cranes)with locally made RSA goods by Transnet because of BEE. Any one ever done a tender for Transnet knows that if your not BBBEEEEEE compliant to level dxjklfhvh you don't have a chance - how the hell did a Chinese manufacturer get the contract!

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