The final four of Transnet’s seven new ship-to-shore cranes, costing about R70 million in total, were unveiled at the Durban Container Terminal on Monday.
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba told a media briefing that the tandem-lift cranes would improve productivity. Their purchase is part of a R300-billion, seven-year investment programme that will see Transnet acquiring a further 39 ship-to-shore cranes for use at its seven ports. It now has 45 cranes.
The Durban Container Terminal handles almost 63 percent of the container trade in the country.
Gigaba said that the cranes could handle two 40-foot (12m) containers, or four 20-foot containers, weighing up to 80 tons.