Port of Cape Town gains additional capacity to help relieve pressure at terminals

Port of Cape Town gains additional capacity to help relieve pressure at terminals
Cape Town Container Terminal

Transnet has introduced a number of solutions at the Port of Cape Town designed to deal with operational backlogs caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

To alleviate pressure at the terminals, 20 employees from the Durban Container Terminal (DCT) have volunteered to be deployed to the container and multi-purpose terminals at the Port of Cape Town.

The employees are a combination of driver articulated vehicles (DAVs), rubber-tyre gantry (RTG) cranes and ship-to-shore (STS) crane drivers.

All 20 employees have been screened and tested for COVID-19 and their deployment will not affect operations at DCT.

Both the container and multi-purpose terminals at the port have been operating at a reduced capacity since the introduction of the lockdown regulations but as lockdown has started to ease, however, port activities have increased.

Velile Dube, acting chief operations officer at Transnet Port Terminals, said: “Despite all the challenges, we have been able to reduce the number of vessels waiting at anchorage from 11 vessels to five vessels today.

“We have managed to increase the number of gangs from four to five and now are receiving additional staff to help with shifts.”

The container terminal is currently operating at 60% while the multi-purpose terminal at a 75% capacity.

Strict physical distancing and sanitising protocols with additional ablution facilities added to ensure that there is no sharing of these between shifts.