Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Container Shipping Terminals Achieve Fastest Freight Turnaround Figures in December

Crane Movements at Record Levels per Hour
Shipping News Feature

SOUTH AFRICA - Transnet Port Terminals’ Eastern Cape Container Terminals saw out the old year in style when two of the group’s cargo handling facilities achieved new performance records during December with the highest number of freight boxes moved hourly via both the Ngqura and Port Elizabeth shipping terminals.

Year on year figures show the strong growth of container handling at both Eastern Cape facilities as Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT) achieved 37.7 container moves per gross crane hour (GCH) – a 66% improvement on its container handling rate since it opened in 2009, while neighbouring Port Elizabeth Container Terminal (PECT) achieved an average of 29 GCH – a 27% improvement over its average performance during the same period.

TPT’s Eastern Cape General Manager, Siya Mhlaluka said that TPT was introducing some of the best technology and systems available at any African ports. The port operator is also addressing productivity challenges through staff programmes that encourage motivation and accountability. As part of capacity creation Port Elizabeth Container Terminal took delivery of two used Impsa cranes from Durban on 26 December 2012 whilst, launched in 2009, Ngqura was functioning as a true global transhipment hub and serves principally as a convenient transfer point for cargo destined for other regional ports.

Mhlaluka says the Eastern Cape is poised to benefit from several multi-million rand port investments over the next few years through the government’s renewed focus on growing the regional economy and Transnet’s R300 billion Market Demand Strategy (MDS) will see TPT invest R33 billion in South Africa’s ports between 2012 and 2019. He commented:

“The Eastern Cape has been a star performer in terms of operational performance at the ports. In the container sector alone TPT’s Eastern Cape terminals have seen handling norms improve every year, showing that our various interventions are bearing fruit. Sustained performance improvements are resulting in growing volumes, as shipping lines and their customers gain confidence in South Africa’s ability to handle cargo efficiently to ensure goods reach the end user as quickly and cost effectively as possible.”