Multi purpose crane enters service at Richards Bay

Nov 24, 2003
Author: P&S


A R30.65 million multi purpose ship unloader, one of three in the port of Richards Bay, was unveiled this afternoon (Monday, 24 November 2003) at the northern KwaZulu-Natal deepwater port.

The ship unloader, which should generate an additional R18 to R24 million a year for the Dry Bulk Terminal in Richards Bay, is one of a set of three Caillard cranes with a design unloading capability of 1,500 tonnes per hour.

The crane was delivered in April 2000, but has never been in service after having been severely damaged in a fire while undergoing modifications shortly after assembly.

“The multi-million rand refurbishment has exceeded expectations,” said Mdu Nene, SA Port Operations’ general manager for Richards Bay. “It was completed on time and within budget, with no disruption to shipping and importantly, with no safety incidents.”

He said this achievement was particularly notable as the crane had been repaired in situ on the quayside. “In this way we did not disrupt cargo operations and saved an estimated R2.2m on crane movement, belt splicing and shipping disruptions.”

The refurbishment and commissioning of the ship unloader is a joint venture between SA Port Operations and the contractor and the crane will go into operation by the end of December.


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