â€¨The 7+1 wide and 1-over-5 high RTGs will be fitted with Bromma spreaders, and will come equipped with Kalmar’s auto-steering and container position verification technology, Smartrail. â€¨The order further strengthens Transnet’s long-term partnership with Kalmar. 18 of whose RTGs are already employed at TPT’s Pier 1 Container Terminal in Durban.
Hamilton Nxumalo, general manager equipment at TPT’s head office, said: “Transnet Limited is responsible for the Port of Ngqura’s cargo handling and logistics management solutions. We know from past experience that Kalmar provides innovative and quality cranes which will help us meet the high expectations of this project.
â€¨“The Port of Ngqura is destined to be South Africa’s answer to its booming export market. Transnet Limited is confident that with Kalmar’s reliable equipment and excellent after-market support, we will help the country prosper by efficiently handling its growing container volumes.”
The Port of Ngqura, situated at the mouth of the Coega River in Algoa Bay and 20 km east of Port Elizabeth, received its first vessel in March 2008. According to the National Port Authority, South Africa’s port development agency, Ngqura is designed to accommodate the country’s growing export and transhipment market. The new deepwater port is also expected to handle goods produced by manufacturers in a new industrial zone located nearby. The port is being constructed initially to handle up to 970,000 teu a year utilising two berths; it is anticipating that this will grow to 2m teu, utilising four berths.
TPT (previously South African Port Operations) recently awarded Kalmar a maintenance contract for all its rubber-tyred equipment operating at Pier 1 Container Terminal, comprising 18 Kalmar E-One RTGs, two Kalmar reachstackers and a range of other machinery. A dedicated maintenance team of approximately 20 Kalmar service technicians will work 365 days a year to ensure that Pier 1 operates with the highest possible machine availability.