TNPA Aims to Curb Shipping Delays at Ports as the First Batch of Hydraulic Units Arrives

Gqeberha – The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has taken a significant step towards enhancing efficiency and reducing shipping delays at major South African ports with the delivery and operationalization of the first batch of four hydraulic tension mooring units.

These units, part of the 52 procured by TNPA, are now in place at the ports of Cape Town and Ngqura.

The introduction of these mooring units is expected to address operational challenges exacerbated by adverse weather conditions, a common factor contributing to delays in maritime operations.

Explaining the significance of the hydraulic tension mooring units, TNPA General Manager for Infrastructure, Thecla Mneney, emphasized their role in ensuring vessel safety and mitigating the impact of adverse weather conditions on port operations.

Mneney stated, “This marks the first of a series of major port equipment deliveries at our commercial seaports this year. We continue to make progress in fast-tracking the implementation of key investments in port infrastructure to improve operational efficiencies and provide quality service to the maritime industry.”

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The hydraulic tension mooring units function by stabilizing vessels alongside quaysides during periods of strong winds, adverse weather conditions, and high swells.

By minimizing downtime and enhancing safety during operations, these units are expected to streamline port activities significantly.

With the addition of these units, TNPA’s capacity to manage excessive surge motions of vessels alongside has been bolstered, with a total of six units now installed at the Port of Cape Town and four at the Port of Ngqura.

TNPA’s procurement strategy allocates 16 units for the Port of Cape Town, 14 for the Port of Durban, eight for the Port of Port Elizabeth, six for the Port of Ngqura, four for the Port of Saldanha, and four for the Port of Richards Bay. The phased delivery of the remaining units is scheduled for completion by early 2025.

This initiative reflects TNPA’s commitment to modernizing port infrastructure and enhancing operational capabilities to meet the evolving needs of the maritime industry, ultimately contributing to improved efficiency and reliability in South African ports.

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