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Transnet’s CTCT receives 4 new-gen straddle carriers that can work in 90km/h winds

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Cape Town – Heeding to calls to improve performance at Cape Town Container Terminal (CPCT), Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) have acquired four new-generation straddle carriers that can work in winds of up to 90km/h – a huge jump from 72km/h for the existing equipment.

The investment is aimed at mitigating the impact of windy weather on its operations which has seen huge backlogs whenever it gets windy.

TPT Acting General Manager Engineering Maintenance, Maisa Salman said, “Complete stoppage of the straddle carriers occurs when wind speeds reach 90km/h compared to 72km/h for Rubber Tyre Gantries (RTG).

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With Cape Town experiencing about 7 months of windy weather between October and April, which also sees the peak of the reefer season – this acquisition will improve equipment availability on days of windy weather”. CTCT uses a rubber tyre gantry crane operation and employs straddle carriers as part of their wind recovery strategy to mitigate against the impact of the strong winds.

This R71 million investment is part of a broader TPT equipment boost of R2 billion in this current year alone.

“We have heeded industry calls for equipment that will improve operational performance. Delighting customers through on-time delivery is the aspiration, and therefore targeted planned maintenance strategies have to underpin efforts,” said Salman.

He said that the straddle carriers will be arriving in parts onboard the vessel Santa Rosa and will be assembled on-site with the assistance of engineers from Poland on behalf of the original equipment manufacturer Kalmar.

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They boast improved drive technology, engine starting reliability, graphical user interface and a new stradmonitor tool for easy and quick troubleshooting and configuration.

“As South Africa observes lockdown rules, the commissioning and hand over of the machines to Operations will be delayed due to travel restrictions in place as the machines cannot be assembled and commissioned without the OEM engineers,” said Salman.

The straddles complement an existing terminal fleet of equipment largely servicing the agricultural industry, with containerised cargo moving across trade markets like Asia, Europe, America, Australia and East and West Africa.

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