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November 9, 2014

Two Terex® RMG Cranes for S. Africa


Terex Port Solutions (TPS) has strengthened its presence in the largest container terminal in Africa. Two Terex® rail-mounted gantry cranes (RMGs) are now in operation at Durban Container Terminal, run by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT), a subsidiary of state-owned Transnet SOC Limited.

The new Terex RMGs are each equipped with a rotating trolley and have a span of 22.5 m, a lifting height of 11 m and a lifting capacity of 41 t under spreader. Powered by the terminal's electricity supply, they serve the rail terminal on pier 2 where they are replacing two 25-year-old cranes. By supplying these new cranes, TPS continues to expand its ongoing business relationship with TPT.

In the past few years alone, Terex Port Solutions supplied 50 Terex® straddle carriers and 12 Terex® heavy-duty forklifts were supplied to the terminals in Durban, Richards Bay, Saldanha Bay and Cape Town. TPS also recently commissioned the CommTrac bulk terminal operating system at the Port of Saldanha Bay in partnership with the Terex DBIS division.

Increased productivity and availability
With the two new cranes, TPT is going to increase both productivity and availability at the rail terminal. CEO Karl Socikwa notes: “The Terex RMG cranes will considerably boost our performance, creating a long-term competitive advantage for us and enable Durban Container Terminal to meet the demands of Transnet Freight Rail and all our valued customers”.

The TPT order with Terex Port Solutions is also setting an example in terms of order volume. Socikwa continues: “This is one of the largest single orders that we have ever placed with a supplier with manufacturing facilities in South Africa.” The order also includes a training course, conducted by the local TPS team, for crane operators and service technicians at the rail terminal.

Local manufacturing expertise, the crucial factor
The Terex Material Handling crane factory in Boksburg boasts extensive expertise in manufacturing large cranes. Having local expertise was a key factor in the award of the contract. As Colin Clegg, Business Development Manager Africa at TPS, explains: “As usual in South Africa, the public invitation to tender required a high proportion of local manufacturing. With the possibilities at the Terex factory in Boksburg, where we predominantly manufacture overhead travelling, portal and process cranes for the Terex Material Handling business group, TPS was able to meet this central criterion in every respect.”

Economic and space-saving stacking
TPS offers a broad range of manual and automated stacking cranes. Rail-mounted gantry cranes from TPS stand for economic and eco-friendly solutions for dense stacking and handling of containers in port, rail and intermodal terminals. The electrically driven cranes can be supplied with a rail span of up to 50 m and can handle 20‘ to 45‘ containers in single-lift or twin-lift operation with large area coverage. TPS offers the RMGs in several designs for various environments, including cantilever on one or both sides


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