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Titan Cargo’s Rail-Linked Belcon Warehouse Set to Eradicate Truck Congestion at Cape Town Port

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Titan Cargo’s R140-million investment in the 100,000m² Belcon warehouse, equipped with a direct rail link to the Port of Cape Town, promises to revolutionize cargo transportation while alleviating road congestion.

CEO and founder Sugan Naidoo recognized the dormant potential of the warehouse back in 2020, envisioning a solution to the city’s gridlocked roads and congested ports through its underutilized rail connection.

The strategic move aims to shift container transportation from trucks to trains, significantly reducing road traffic.

Naidoo emphasizes that each train can carry as many as 80 containers, effectively taking 80 trucks off the road with each journey.

This not only eases congestion within the port but also addresses the strain on the surrounding road infrastructure.

Transnet’s persistent service challenges have exacerbated truck congestion, prompting Titan Cargo’s proactive approach to mitigate these issues.

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Expanding beyond its roots as a linehaul transporter, the company diversified its services in 2018, venturing into warehousing and offering comprehensive container logistics solutions.

Securing the lease for the Belcon facility in 2023 was a culmination of Titan Cargo’s persistence and strategic vision.

Despite delays due to negotiation and refurbishment, the investment has proven fruitful, with the warehouse already operating at 75% capacity within a year of acquisition.

Once renovations are complete, the facility is poised to handle up to 3,000 containers monthly, with an estimated redevelopment cost totalling around R200 million.

The facility’s success not only benefits Titan Cargo but also its customers, who enjoy expedited access to the port and preferential terms negotiated with Transnet.

Additionally, by reducing carbon emissions through rail transportation, customers can navigate environmental regulations more effectively, particularly in markets like the European Union.

Buoyed by the success of the Belcon facility, Titan Cargo is exploring opportunities for expansion within the precinct.

Discussions are underway to develop additional real estate, further enhancing the company’s footprint and its contribution to efficient, sustainable cargo transportation.

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