Transnet increases terminals carrier fleet

In preparation for the reefer peak season, which commences between October and March, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) in Cape Town will increase the terminals carrier fleet from eight to 12.

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The reefers area will be equipped with five straddle carriers while seven will be used to service general purpose containers. This will ensure uninterrupted operations on the landside during wind-bound conditions as the terminal gears up to export fruit to Europe.

“The two recently acquired ship-to-shore cranes will facilitate the deployment of seven gangs on the waterside operation, to complement our reefer season plan,” Brenda Magwaka, terminal manager, said in a statement.

Magwaka further added that TPT aims to reduce delays and ensure vessels turn around in good time as the fruits they move are either for fresh consumption, canning or the production of dried fruit.

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