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Durban Port’s Container Terminal 2 Back on Track After Collaborative Efforts

News from Durban, South Africa brings relief for businesses and individuals relying on international trade. The city’s bustling Container Terminal 2 (CT2) has overcome recent challenges and achieved stability in its operations, thanks to collaborative efforts and a strategic recovery plan.

Earlier in 2024, CT2 faced a period of congestion, leading to delays for ships and impacting the efficiency of the port. Recognizing the urgency, Transnet Port Terminals, the terminal operator, implemented a multi-pronged approach to address the issue.

A key part of the recovery plan involved collaboration with various stakeholders. This included bringing in contracted original equipment manufacturer (OEM) experts on-site. These experts are playing a crucial role in improving the reliability and availability of equipment used for handling containers over the next seven years.

Furthermore, Transnet has embarked on a significant capital investment plan. Over the next 12 months, they will acquire 45 haulers, four reach stackers, and five empty container handlers, all scheduled to be operational by May 2024. Additionally, they are pursuing the acquisition of 20 straddle carriers, expected to arrive by November 2024.

While acknowledging delays are inevitable at busy terminals, Earle Peters, Managing Executive of Durban Terminals, emphasized their commitment to continuous improvement. He highlighted the importance of collaboration in finding sustainable solutions. This includes working with employees, customers, academics, and OEMs to address challenges and optimize performance.

As part of this collaborative effort, CT2 has partnered with the University of Pretoria on an outcomes-based program. This program aims to upskill employees within the next 100 days, focusing on three key areas: improving the reliability and availability of operational equipment, ensuring the availability of spare parts, and increasing the efficiency of crane operations (measured by crane moves per hour).

The successful turnaround at CT2 signifies the power of collaboration and strategic planning in overcoming challenges. By working together and implementing a comprehensive recovery plan, stakeholders have ensured smoother operations at this vital gateway for international trade in South Africa. This not only benefits businesses and individuals but also contributes to the overall economic activity and growth of the region. As CT2 continues to invest in its infrastructure and workforce, it remains well-positioned to play a leading role in facilitating international trade in the years to come.

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