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Crane innovation for Transnet

Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) says that its policy of loading bulk ore using STS cranes and Revolver spreaders at Port Elizabeth has been a big success. The company has paired STS cranes with RAM Revolver spreaders to load manganese ore at the port’s container terminal over the past three years. 

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This has allowed the container terminal to provide extra capacity when the port has been operating at full capacity. Port Elizabeth has continued to handle manganese ore while the new manganese terminal.

The terminal’s technical manager, Jaco Meyer, said that staff at the terminal came up with the idea themselves. “We found an innovative solution to the problem by proposing to convert crane 3, a Liebherr ship-to-shore, to be compatible with a RAM Revolver spreader like crane 2 and crane 4 on either side of it,” he said. Three hatches can now be loaded at the same time.

Turnaround times have fallen at the terminal and a new loading record of 14,230t of manganese ore in 12 hours has been achieved. TPT general manager for the Eastern Cape, Siya Mhlaluka, commented: “The innovation and the capacity that has been created by this conversion is testament to TPT’s commitment. Both the terminal’s internal and external customers are extremely delighted with the modification as it has afforded monetary savings, improved productivity and ensured optimal use of the equipment.”

Further east, TPT has moved two mobile harbour cranes from Durban’s Maydon Wharf to Richards Bay dry bulk terminal, mainly for use on Berth 701.

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