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Two new cranes arrive for Port Elizabeth

Cranes to provide relief for reefer season

SOUTH AFRICA, Port Elizbaeth: The Port Elizabeth Container Terminal took delivery of two new Liebherr mobile harbour cranes this week as the Happy Dragon docked for offloading after sailing for 20 days. 

Having lost a crane recently due to gale force winds, the terminal sorely needs the additional capacity ahead of the start of the reefer season. "The arrival of these two modern cranes will ensure that our promise to industry is realised”. She added that the cranes arrived at a critical time when the company’s terminals nationwide were prioritising the movement of much needed goods in the Eastern Cape, South Africa and abroad. “We are at the start of the 2020 Citrus season and we are very pleased that we are able to contribute positively towards the growth of this economy, especially during these challenging times,” said Transnet Port Terminal’s Acting Chief Executive, Michelle Phillips.   

Modern and highly efficient, the cranes have multi use capability, can lift up to 104 tons and move up and down the quayside according to berth activity – boasting an ability to handle new Panamax container and Cape size bulk vessels alike. They are also designed for versatile and efficient cargo handling.

“A simulator has been onsite for the past month with Liebherr providing training to our employees which was built in our purchase arrangement – and we are quite impressed with the skills employees are demonstrating,” said Phillips. She added that both customers and employees had been looking forward to these two pieces of equipment, which arrived as semi knocked down units. “We look forward to the commissioning of these cranes and to an improved operation in the PECT”. 

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