Port operator Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has reason to celebrate this month after hitting consecutive record container handling performance at the Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) for the months of September and October.
During September and October 2012 shifts working at the terminal consistently achieved 33 Moves per Gross Crane Hour (GCH*). Given the accepted world-class standard range of 26 to 30 GCH, this GCH achievement is impressive. With this GCH the terminal also broke its own record of 30 GCH which it achieved during August 2012.
The month of October saw the terminal handle a record of 53 339 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs*) against a target of 48 189, and 58 588 TEUs* during September against a target of 47 930. All the norms including Truck Turn Around Time (TAT*), Ship Working Hour (SWH*) and Vessel Turn Around Time (VTT*) were positive for September and October.
TPT’s CTCT Terminal Manager, Brenda Magqwaka stated that the impressive numbers were largely as a result of the reasonably good weather with only 20.5 hours of wind downtime experienced for the months of September and October. She said that the reduction in breakdowns also contributed to the terminal’s performance.
Maqqwaka praised her staff’s performance and said that their positive attitudes towards achieving excellence along with their innovative ideas for reducing waste and safety incidents had resulted in the terminal’s impressive performance during the last quarter.
Velile Dube, General Manager: Operations for the Western Cape said: “It’s exciting to achieve such immense improvement not only in September and October, but in the second quarter overall. We are all energised to sustain and do even better in the next quarter, weather permitting.”
“Our customers are pleased with our performance and would like to see us sustaining it,” he added.
TPT’s Chief Executive Karl Socikwa said: “We are proud to deliver excellence in the ports and continually seek ways to improve our services to our valued customers. These figures are testament to TPT’s ongoing efforts and determination to provide world-class performance and grow the South African economy. Well done to the staff at the CTCT on their sterling performance.”