The Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) – one of 19 Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) – has acquired four new-generation straddle carriers. The investment is aimed at mitigating against the impact of windy weather on its operations.
“Complete stoppage of straddle carriers occurs when wind speeds reach 90 km/h compared to 72 km/h for rubber tyre gantry (RTG) cranes. With Cape Town experiencing about seven 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,” says TPT engineering maintenance acting GM Maisa Salman.
CTCT operates a RTG crane operation and uses straddle carriers as part of its 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 this year alone.
The straddle carriers will be arriving in parts on board the vessel Santa Rosa and will be assembled on site with the assistance of engineers from Poland on behalf of original-equipment manufacturer (OEM) Kalmar.