New Tandem Lift STS Cranes for DCT

Press Release
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Three mega-sized harbour cranes arriving in the Port of Durban onboard the Zhen Hua 27 vessel. Photo by Roy Reed

Port operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT)  made history when it took delivery of three brand new ZPMC tandem lift ship-to-shore (STS) cranes that are the first of their kind in Africa.

 

The state-of-the-art equipment will revive the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) and result in improved efficiencies and reduced service times for vessels calling at the terminal.


TPT’s Acting Chief Executive, Pru Archary says, “Today we celebrate a milestone with the delivery of three mega cranes, the largest of their kind deployed at any container terminal in the Southern Hemisphere. This acquisition will make DCT Pier 2 the first terminal in Africa to operate tandem lift STS cranes which reaffirms our commitment to delivering world class port services in Africa.”


The three cranes were procured from Chinese-based Shangai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co (ZPMC) and arrived on board the Zhen Hua 27 vessel on Tuesday, 20 November 2012. The equipment is part of a fleet of seven tandem lift STS cranes procured to renew port terminal handling equipment in an effort to boost South Africa’s flagship terminal, DCT. The remaining four cranes will arrive early in the new year.


A dedicated team headed by TPT’s General Manager of Capital Projects, Logan Naidoo, has over the past 15 months been intimately involved in ensuring that high quality design standards had been engineered into the cranes. Naidoo says, “These cranes have been designed to take us into the next 20 years of the port’s longevity and are capable of servicing the latest generation container vessels with a span of 24 containers across the deck.”  


The cranes are fully compatible to service the next generation megamax vessels that will be able to dock at DCT’s North Quay once it’s deepened, which is planned for the near future. In addition to the standard twin-lift 20 foot container crane handling operation, DCT’s new STS cranes are able to lift 2x40 foot full containers or 4x20 foot (empty) containers in tandem during vessel operations across the quay. With its 80 ton safe working load, this new dual-hoisting, tandem-lift technology is expected to boost port productivity.


These cranes will ensure that DCT is taken as a serious player in the global shipping fraternity and its arrival is a major milestone in the delivery of Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy (MDS). Naidoo says, “TPT has R33 billion worth of capital projects planned over the next seven years, with a key focus on upgrading infrastructure at various terminals and replacing aged equipment. The investment in the tandem lift STS cranes, valued at R700 million was prioritized as one of TPT’s top ten capital investment projects under the MDS.”


Hector Danisa, DCT Terminal Manager, said: “The terminal has eagerly awaited the arrival of the cranes and the terminal has formulated an operational plan to put them to good use as soon as they are fully commissioned by the capital projects team. As part of the readiness preparations, a group of terminal operations and technical staff have travelled to Shanghai, China, for orientation training. As with all new technology, there will be an initial learning curve before the cranes are operated at “full speed” and we are confident that our crane operators will put these cranes into good use.”


Danisa also highlighted that apart from the benefits the equipment will have for the terminal, its acquisition has also created an opportunity for a local engineering company as well as young engineering graduates. In line with Transnet’s tender policy, the recipient of every tender is required to produce a Competitive Supplier Development Plan (CSDP).

 

The awarding supplier, ZPMC, has selected emerging port equipment spares and maintenance company, Elgin Marine Services (EMS) as their CSDP partner. In turn, EMS has employed and will mentor and develop 11 young newly graduated engineers from previously disadvantaged communities to whom skills will be transferred. 

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