Striving to handle increased volumes of citrus for current citrus export season, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) says its operators of lifting equipment are concluding a multi-skilling process to obtain multiple machine licenses. It is also updating national berthing daily, sharing it with industry, to avoid excessive open stack days where vessels are delayed in other terminals.
TPT CEO Jabu Mdaki, said increased volumes were anticipated this year in the Gqeberha and Durban container terminals, from where 75% of the citrus was exported. "The balance is handled at the Cape Town Container Terminal. The container terminals will remain open over a 24-hour period and have dedicated lanes prioritising refrigerated containers at the gates for the citrus season,“ Mdaki said.
The citrus season is expected peak in July and is anticipated to yield 5% higher volumes than last year.