New container stacking depot opened in Cape Town


United Container Depots (UCD) has opened a larger container stacking depot in Cape Town, South Africa.

The new premises at Beaconvale hosts a container stacking area over 20,000m², warehouse space of 4,000m², dedicated controlled atmosphere (CA) gassing area for up to four trucks, three empty container handling machines, and 120 reefer plug points as well as dedicated collection and drop-off truck lanes.

With a laydown area double the size of their previous Paarden Eiland depot, the new depot is able to accommodate a capacity of over 3,600 TEU.

UCD currently has depots in Johannesburg, Gqeberha and Durban, where they are investigating the acquisition of an additional site.  

Andrew Sturrock, a member of the Grindrod Freight Services Executive, said, “This is the first new site for UCD since we opened the depot in Paarden Eiland in the early 90’s.

“Over the years we have adjusted our business model from operating as a general purpose depot to now focusing on 60-70% reefer-orientated work. Having doubled our current capacity, we can now offer our customers a more streamlined system of container movement through the yard.”

Marcus Twine, CEO of SGM Technical, commented, “The Paarden Eiland depot served us well  but we are excited about being able to offer our clients a more seamless, smooth processing of inbound and outgoing trucks.

“We have cameras recording all in and out-bound traffic with secure electrified fencing around the premises. There is also a larger workshop area now for container repairs and we will look at increasing our technical staff complement to service our growing depot.”

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