ZPMC to deliver fleet of straddle carriers to South African operator

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ZPMC has won a contract to supply 22 intelligent straddle carriers to South African terminal operator Transnet TPT, a deal which it says greatly improves its market share in the country.

According to a statement, it marks ZPMC’s second South African project during the COVID-19 pandemic. The straddle carriers, ZPMC says, are of “light structures” and equipped with integrated hoist reducer brakes.

Additionally, they are fitted with automatic fire extinguishers, fatigue monitoring system, operator’s cab security system and the semi-automatic system for the automatic path identification, obstacle avoidance and container stopping at high positions, to ensure operator safety.

The first batch of 22 STSs will be delivered by the end of 2020, and it will be the latest delivery ZPMC has made during the lockdown. The straddle carriers will have a lifting capacity of 66 tonnes and follow other recent deliveries to ports in Barcelona, Spain, Stockholm, Sweden, and Aarhus, Denmark.

The company says this demonstrates that its straddle carriers have won “approval” in global markets.

The Chinese-state owned company has been forced to find new ways of delivering equipment to customers as the pandemic has forced countries to restrict movement and entry.

Earlier in 2020 it had to delay delivery of ship-to-shore (STS) cranes and utilise local expertise after its own workers were barred from entering European terminals.

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