The Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) cleared most of its backlog, berthing vessels on arrival with only one vessel at anchor on Tuesday. A spokesperson said in a statement that the port managed to clear the backlog after increasing equipment availability to optimise operations and improve efficiencies. The terminal is currently operating with 20 rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTG), six of which were recently fitted with new engines and three with generators.

“The availability of RTGs has increased from an average of 15 to 20. CTCT is currently completing maintenance repairs on two additional RTGs and has also acquired seven second-hand machines to be delivered in December 2023, which will bring the total number of RTG available to operations to 29,” a source at CTCT said.

“These RTGs are a stopgap while Transnet Port Terminals finalises the long-term partnership with original equipment manufacturers for all container and multipurpose terminals. The contracts are expected to be concluded by December and orders for new RTGs at the CTCT will be placed.”