The arrival of two new mobile harbour cranes at the Port of Port Elizabeth is expected to ramp up productivity after the loss of a crane in 2018 due to high winds.
The crane, which forms part of Transnet Port Terminals’ (TPT) R2-billion equipment investment for this year, will be deployed at the Port Elizabeth Container Terminal (PECT).
“Having lost a crane due to gale force winds really set us back,” said Michelle Philips, TPT’s acting chief executive.
“The arrival of these two modern cranes will ensure that our promise to industry is realised. We are at the start of the 2020 citrus season and we are pleased that we are able to contribute positively towards the growth of this economy, especially during these challenging times.”
The cranes have multi-use capability, can lift up to 104 tons and move up and down the quayside according to berth activity. They are able to handle new Panamax container ships and Cape size bulk vessels. They are also designed for versatile and efficient cargo handling.
“A simulator has been on site for the past month with Liebherr providing training to our employees. This was built into the purchase agreement,” she said.
The cranes arrived as semi knocked down units.