The cranes were manufactured and assembled in Durban seven years ago and commissioned into service towards the end of 2005 and their relocation to Port Elizabeth is part of a programme to boost handling operations at Transnet’s ports over the next few years.
“At just seven years old these two cranes are still very new in terms of service and will serve as major assets for cargo operations in the Eastern Cape. Durban in turn has received several multi-million rand crane investments as part of Transnet’s Market Demand Strategy,” said Transnet Port Terminals Eastern Cape general manager Siya Mhlaluka.
The cranes arrived in Port Elizabeth fully assembled on board the Chinese heavy lift vessel ZHEN HUA 27 port a few days after sailing from Durban in December and will be commissioned during January.
Meanwhile the Durban cranes are in the process of being replaced with seven larger ZPMC Super post-Panamax cranes from China.