Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) has received 23 straddle carriers for one of its Durban terminals.
The Kalmar straddle carriers will be put to work at TPT Durban Pier 2, a dedicated straddle carrier operation handling a throughput of 2.6m teu.
Over the last 15 years, Kalmar has delivered in excess of 150 straddle carriers to TPT.
The machine structures were built in South Africa in partnership with Transnet Engineering, an advanced manufacturing division of Transnet that employs more than 12,000 people across six locations and more than 130 depots in South Africa.
According to Kalmar, the straddle carrier components produced at the Transnet Engineering facility in Durban comply with strict European standards and are made to the same high standards as those produced by Kalmar in Europe.
The spreader beam was one of the key elements of this project. Kalmar had never manufactured spreader beams outside its European supply chain and the fabrication of this device, which automatically locates and locks the container, is a complex process as all the parts are manufactured independently before being assembled.
“This was the first time our engineers had an opportunity to manufacture straddle carrier component kits with an OEM of Kalmar’s calibre,” said Thamsanqa Jiyane, Transnet Engineering Chief Officer Advanced Manufacturing.
“Since 2002, Kalmar has invested significantly on localisation and has always exceeded its supplier development commitments to the local economy,” saidAmanlal Kumkaran, National Service Executive Manager Southern Africa, Kalmar.