The Durban RORO* and Maydon Wharf Terminal’s equipment fleet has been bolstered by the procurement of 27 haulers in the last three months, representing an investment of just over R52 million.
This acquisition comes as part of Transnet Port Terminals’ R438 million investment to boost container handling capacity at the terminal, which mainly handles break-bulk and RORO* cargo, with specialised capacity to handle containers.
The FR230 (4x2) and FR270 (4x4) haulers that arrived during August to October are part of a fleet of 33 ordered from manufacturer, CVS Ferrari in Italy who pride themselves on product performance and reliability. The last batch of six haulers is scheduled to arrive later this month.
The equipment will primarily be used for hauling cargo, both on the landside and on RORO* vessels and will be instrumental in improving efficiencies at the terminal. Twenty five of the haulers will be used in RORO* operations and eight will be used in the break-bulk and agri-bulk operations.
Zeph Ndlovu, Terminal Executive Manager for Durban RORO and Maydon Wharf Terminal said: “We are excited to have these new haulers as part of our equipment fleet. They boast a 5th wheel lifting capacity of 32 tonnes and a four-wheel-drive lifting stroke of 100cm which will provide added flexibility for RORO* operations. The equipment also enables TPT to continue its efforts to be environmentally-friendly as the engines are built for low pollution levels, use less fuel and still offer the best performance.”
He said the haulers are replacing old equipment in the terminal and will result in increased productivity and more efficient operation. With a gross weight (GCW) of 75000kg, he explained that the equipment will also enable faster and safer transportation of cargo and improve safety on the quayside and on the RORO* ramp.
This equipment will work alongside four brand new Liebherr LHM550C mobile harbour cranes that the terminal acquired earlier this year, with two more scheduled to arrive, one in November 2012 and the other in February 2013. These infrastructure investments are aligned to the Transnet Market Demand Strategy (MDS) which will see TPT invest R33 billion in capital projects over the next seven years with a focus on beefing up infrastructure in the terminals.
Customers will soon benefit from the new hauler acquisition in the Durban RORO* and Maydon Wharf Terminal. Ndluvo said: “The equipment will facilitate quicker turnaround times of ships and thus reduce logistics costs for our valued customers and for the industry. We are indeed excited to see the results of these significant investments into port operations.”