TPT crane delivery an African first
ZPMC delivers three tandem lift STS cranes to DCT, South Africa
Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), South Africa’s state-owned port operator, made history this week 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 three cranes were procured from Chinese-based Shangai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co (ZPMC) and arrived on board the Zhen Hua 27 vessel yesterday at TPT’s flagship Durban Container Terminal (DCT).
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 DCT’s productivity.
The remaining four cranes will arrive early in the New Year.
“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,” said TPT’s acting chief executive, Pru Archary.
“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 cranes are fully compatible to service the next generation megamax vessels that will be able to dock at DCT’s North Quay in 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.