[PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa – September 2012]The Ngqura Container Terminal (NCT) operated by Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) is riding the waves of success after it hit a record level for container handing volumes during the month of August.
August 2012 saw the terminal handle a record 63 857 Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEUs) of which 18 725 was imports, 16 444 exports and 28 688 transhipment cargo destined for other regional ports. These impressive volumes handled signals the highest ever handled in one month through the Ngqura Container terminal, after June 2012 where the terminal handled 47 614.
A TEU (twenty foot equivalent unit) is the standard measure of container volumes, usually the volume of a 20 foot or six metre shipping container.
The impressive numbers have been attributed to the increase in market demand and reefer cargo season. The terminal handled 45 488 TEUs in August last year, which reflects an improvement in volumes of 28.8%.
TPT’s GM: Eastern Cape, SiyaMhlaluka said: “As Transnet Port Terminals, we are pleasedto have handled these volumes. We tremendously value the support ofour clients and this achievement reaffirms the confidence that clients have in the Ngqura Container Terminal. The higher transhipment volumes are a result of the transhipment hub strategy, which is driven, supported and sustained by our key stakeholders and customers.”
During August 2012 shifts working at the terminal consistently achieved 29 Moves per Gross Crane Hour (GCH). GCH is the common measure of productivity in the container handling business and represents the number of containers each crane moves per hour.
Siya, praising the staff’s performance, indicated that they have all done exceptionally well given the weather challenges that surfaced during this time of the year, i.e. wind and underwater currents.
Mhlaluka said: “TheGCH record performance has been made possible by teamwork and improvements in vessel and yard planning. These volumes also have significant economic benefit because faster and more efficient container handling has ripple effects for the rest of the supply chain.”
This record has ignited a renewed sense of enthusiasm among staff in the terminal. “Our morale has been boosted by this outstanding record,” said ship-to-shore operator, Caroline Ndevulana.
She added there was good cooperation from the various internal departments such as the planning teams, who were willing to implement operational changes, and the stevedores, who worked to minimise delays to vessels.
Mhlaluka commented: “We are pleased to have handled these high import and export volumes, as TPT is committed to offering services which will enable the growth of its valued customers.”
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Transnet Port Terminals is a division of Transnet SOC Limited, South Africa’s state-owned freight transport and handling company.
It provides efficient and reliable cargo-handling services at terminals situated across seven South African ports – Durban, Richards Bay, Cape Town, Saldanha, Port Elizabeth, Ngqura and East London. TPT customers include shipping lines, freight forwarders and cargo owners.
Operations cover import and export operations across the following cargo sectors: Containers, Mineral Bulk and the Agricultural Bulk and RoRo Sector.
Karl Socikwa is the Chief Executive. The company has a staff complement of over 6000.
For information, visit www.transnetportterminals.net