Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), an operator of 16 cargo terminal facilities across seven South African ports, has received its order of 23 straddle carriers after teaming up with Kalmar, part of Cargotec.
TPT's order in November 2016 for TPT Durban Pier 2, a dedicated straddle carrier operation in South Africa handling a throughput of 2.6 million TEU, marked the start of a project partnership between Kalmar and the manufacturing division of Transnet.
The project to locally build the diesel-electric machine structures ensured that the straddle carrier components produced at the Transnet Engineering facility in Durban followed strict European standards and met the same standards as those produced by Kalmar in Europe.
Kalmar had never manufactured spreader beams (pictured above) outside its European supply chain and the fabrication of this device, which automatically locates and locks the container, is an extremely complex process as all the parts are manufactured independently before being assembled.
Kalmar is a sponsor of Port Technology's 2018 Container Terminal Automation Conference and has announced that Ron Robinson, Sales Director at Kalmar, will be a speaker
Mr. Amanlal Kumkaran, National Service Executive Manager, Southern Africa, Kalmar Industries, Mr. Themba Gwala, Transnet Port Terminals Chief Operations Officer and Mr. Thamsanqa Jiyane, Transnet Engineering Chief Officer: Advanced Manufacturing, cutting the ribbon
Over the last 15 years, Kalmar has delivered more than 150 straddle carriers to TPT.
Thamsanqa Jiyane, Transnet Engineering Chief Officer Advanced Manufacturing, said: “This was the first time our engineers had an opportunity to manufacture straddle carrier component kits with an OEM of Kalmar's calibre.”
Amanlal Kumkaran, National Service Executive Manager Southern Africa, Kalmar, commented: “Since 2002, Kalmar has invested significantly on localisation and has always exceeded its supplier development commitments to the local economy.”