Boost for Cape Town Container Terminal

Mar 11, 2004
Author: P&S

Four state-of-the-art Kalmar straddle carriers have been commissioned at the Cape Town Container Terminal to help boost capacity and efficiency levels.

Costing R23 million the straddle carriers have increased the fleet to 27 carriers.

“They will increase the throughput capacity of the terminal by as much as 58,000 TEUs per annum by allowing us to stack containers higher in the terminal,” said Nad Govender, South African Port Operations (SAPO) General Manager Western Cape.

“We have also installed 404 additional reefer points to accommodate the growth in refrigerated container cargo, and are in the process of installing remote reefer monitoring and control systems to improve our service levels.”

Govender said the terminal is expecting delivery, within the next two weeks, of a third 8-high empty container handler. “This again will improve turn-around capacity abilities.”

In the 2003/04 financial year the Cape Town Container Terminal is expected to handle 480,000 TEUs, representing a 3.5% increase on the previous year's volumes. This growth is expected to continue.

Shipping industry projections are for a steady throughput growth in the order of 4% per annum, which will put further demands on the capacity and infrastructure of the container terminal.

To meet these projections the terminal is expecting to purchase eight new Super Panamax ship-to-shore gantry cranes over a six-year period. Four of these will replace the existing Demag cranes and four will be additional Container Gantry cranes, resulting in a total of 10.

The future plan for straddle carriers is to purchase 26 new 4-high straddle carriers, of which 23 will be replacements and three additional units.

The proposed investment ties in with plans by the National Ports Authority (NPA) to increase the terminal's capacity to 1,6 million TEUs and deepen at least one berth. This is expected to be completed in 2007/08, depending on the outcome of the Environmental Impact Assessment currently underway.

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