Cape Town Container Terminal is recording strong throughput figures at the moment with minor issues, if any at all, and had it not been for swells surging into the port it would have achieved near-optimum work-rate efficiencies.
From this morning’s stakeholder session held with Transnet it was reported that only one vessel was at anchorage, the HM Hamburg, a far cry from a few months ago when the Port of Cape Town had container vessels waiting bow-to-stern at sea due to a severe dearth of berthing slots.
This morning’s stakeholder report said the HM Hamburg was waiting for the Santa Barbara which was currently on rotation to the Port of Algeciras.
At last count the Santa Barbara had 146 moves remaining while the Cape Manila had 1 604 to go.
Gang deployment was at six – a good number – while there were no issues around equipment availability and transport challenges were said to be “nil”.
Today, as a matter of interest, another stakeholder session will be held around truck staging at the port, an initiative that could contribute to existing efficiency achievements.
The port’s performance also seemed clear from a stacking point of view, with occupancy levels of 22% (total) and 29% (reefers).
Volumes also exceeded expectations on a 24-hour basis, with last recorded actual volumes being 1 825 TEUs compared to the target of 1 200.
Following yesterday’s strong volume achievement at the port, a target of 1 600 TEUs has been set for the next 24-hour period of today.