Good news for Durban port as gantry cranes are ordered

Aug 24, 2003
Author: P&S



Following close on news that SA Port Operations had purchased three urgently needed secondhand shoreside gantry container cranes from the ECT Container Terminal in Rotterdam, which are expected to be in service in Durban around the end of the year, comes news that an order has also been placed for three new cranes from a manufacturer in Argentine.

The order was placed with the crane specialist IMPSA Port Systems (IPS) on August 18, with delivery of the first crane scheduled for 16 months time followed by the other two in 22 months time.

A shortage of cranes and other infrastructure is considered one of the reasons for poor productivity at the Durban terminal and the six additional gantries will make an enormous difference in this regard.

In terms of Transnetís policy that the successful contractor shall be 30 % owned by a black economic empowerment company (BEE), IMPSA will make use of local South African BEE sub-contractors for the manufacture of the main structures, electrical installation and erection of the giant machines.

Manufacture and assembly will take place here in South Africa with an IMPSA team of engineers and technicians stationed in the country to ensure quality standards are maintained.

Specifications are as follows:

∑ Outreach (over ship): 45 metres
∑ Back reach (over quayside): 19m
∑ Hoist height from quay level to under spreader: 34m
∑ Hoist height below quay level to under spreader: 14m
∑ Hoisting capacity: 40 tonnes with spreader; 65t with hook and general cargo
∑ Width of ships to be serviced: 16 rows (containers)
∑ Hoisting speed: 60 m/min; 130 m/min empty
∑ Trolley speed: 180 m/min
∑ Gantry travelling speed: 45 m/min
∑ Drive system: IPS/Siemens

IMPSA has delivered gantry cranes to a number of container terminals worldwide including Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, China, Saudi Arabia and the United States.


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