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DCT receives 8 new fully assembled electric straddles

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Durban Container Terminal (DCT) Pier 2 have received delivery of eight new electric straddles fully assembled. The latest straddle carriers completes DCT’s order of 23 for the current calender year.

Pier 2 Terminal Manager Zamo Ngcobo said that commissioning and endurance testing would still be conducted, with handover estimated in early October.

“The arrival of the straddles fully assembled is a move that will inject improvements within a short space of time in Operations,” he added.

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DCT Pier 2 is responsible for handling most of South Africa’s container volumes. The investment in container handling equipment replaces ageing equipment in order to improve efficiency within the system.

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Complementing the equipment boost is the increased number of resources working the vessels, a new terminal structure, technological advancements for better decision-making and the implementation of a mandatory truck appointment system.

The straddle carriers boast improved drive technology, starting reliability, maintainability, safety, usability, ergonomics as well as an ability for a computer application to read data from the control system via Ethernet – providing comprehensive detail on statistics, real time performance data and operational reports.

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DCT Pier 2 is one of 16 sea-cargo and three inland terminals managed by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) that have benefited from the R2 billion set aside to invest in replacement equipment this current calendar year. A further 22 straddle carriers are on order, expected to arrive between March and May 2021.

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