MSC South Africa, a subsidiary of MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company, has requested a total of four reach stackers and four empty container handlers from smart solutions provider Konecranes.
The equipment, which is set to be delivered in May 2019, will be distributed across MSC South Africa’s facilities in Durban, Cape Town, and at a new operation in the central Gauteng region.
According to a statement, South Africa must boost the activities of its transport hubs to accommodate the expansion of business on the continent and continue improving the movement of cargo.
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Due to the changing economic climate and levels of demand, MSC must ensure that their container handling facilities are optimized at all times to maintain efficiency.
With a significant amount of activity taking place at trade hubs operated by MSC, the company must be able to position empty containers quickly for stuffing and shipping.
In order to support these operations, four empty container handlers capable of lifting nine tons at different heights have been ordered.
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In addition to this, Konecranes will supply four reach stackers with a lifting capacity of 45 tons to the province of Gauteng, enabling the region to handle increasing demand.
Ashley Bechoo, MSC Fleet Manager for South Africa, commented: “In order to stay strong in the market, we need to provide a competitive service with maximum efficiency.
“We want equipment that not only performs well, but helps us manage and maintain our fleet, and especially monitor and control CO2 emissions and fuel costs.”
The fleet of “Smart Connected Lift Trucks” from Konecranes is also equipped with TRUCONNECT Remote Services, allowing MSC to track the usage of their vehicles, as well as data on their carbon footprint and fuel consumption.
Winfried Lux, Regional Manager IMEA for Konecranes Lift Trucks, added: “MSC South Africa is a brand-new customer for us.
“We are looking forward to working closely with the MSC team to maximize their operational efficiency with our high-performing lifting equipment.”