IMPSA container crane goes into service at DCT

Aug 17, 2005
Author: P&S

The first of three post-panamax IMPSA shoreside gantry cranes moved into final position this week before entering service on the north quay at Durbanís Container Terminal.

The assembly of the huge 950ton machine was successfully completed on a site adjacent to the container terminal from where the cranes can be jacked onto temporary rails and moved into position along the quay.

Now all thatís left for IMPSA crane number 1 is to pass 100 hours of endurance testing before being pressed into service, hopefully before the end of August.

a new dawn and a new beginning at the busy Durban Container Terminal as the first of three IMPSA cranes completes assembly at a site next to the terminal. Note the huge size by comparing the vehicle parked near the left leg of the crane. Picture Terry Hutson

The three cranes are being manufactured by Argentine company IMPSA but assembly is in Durban, with about 90% of the steel structures manufactured in South Africa. Assembly in this fashion has enabled the company to meet with Transnet and SA Port Operations (SAPO) Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) requirements.

However delivery has apparently been delayed as the original date for delivery of the first crane was originally set for several months ago.

SAPO says that efforts to increase turnaround time and efficiency at the container terminal will be further improved by the availability of the first crane and will be boosted by the remaining two in September and December this year, bringing the total number to 19 in total.

The timing couldnít have been better, as the port is already within its annual peak season and DCT in particular is beginning to feel the strain once again, with reports of delays stretching out beyond the expected figure of 16 hours to beyond 30. Shippers and shipping lines are watching the situation closely although there doesnít seem much risk of the reintroduction of surcharges at this stage. Having three additional cranes capable of handling post-panamax vessels will only improve matters.



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