Transnet receives R47 million stackers for Durban terminal

THE Point Multi-Purpose Terminal in Durban has taken receipt of four new reach stackers, at a cost of R47 million, to boost its container handling service.

The terminal will receive a total of seven 45-ton reach stackers within the current calendar year.

This is a necessary to improve the availability of equipment for increased volume throughput, said Amanda Siyengo, general manager for Durban Bulk, Break Bulk and Cars at Transnet Port Terminals (TPT).

“The terminal’s design allows for the free movement of equipment like reach stackers as they can transport a container over a short distance quickly and pile them in various rows – ready for collection or loading,” she added.

This purchase forms part of TPT’s equipment investment of R2 billion across its 16 terminals at the country’s seven commercial ports and three inland terminals.

Current investments are a response to industry calls for equipment that will improve performance.

“Point MPT is working hard to ensure improved service delivery,” said Siyengo.

She added that the terminal had a balanced combination of people skills, technology and service for anticipated container growth.

The stackers also serve as a diversion contingency for the Durban Container Terminals pier 1 and 2.

“There is ample demand for container handling services at the terminal. It benefits both the terminal’s diversification and growth strategy but importantly – our capacity fulfils Transnet Port Terminals’ service to its customers entirely through a complementary network of terminals,” said Siyengo.