Transnet Port Terminals

TPT speaks out about challenges to fruit shipping this season

Deciduous fruit exports through the Cape Town Container Terminal are up 6% year-on-year so far for the season. This has been achieved despite inclement weather and shipping backlogs, says Transnet Port Terminals (TPT).

The season has seen an average loss of 39 days in terms of shipping activity owing to fog, wind and, at times, underwater currents, as well as equipment maintenance and breakdowns. Currently, the terminal is averaging seven days in vessel delays.

Cape Terminals managing executive Wandisa Vazi stated that TPT is steadily working with stakeholders to maximize its network of 16 sea-cargo terminals across the TPT business and is securing employees from other terminals to assist. Other initiatives the terminal has been rolling out include an increased number of operational equipment on both the landside and waterside, with reliability programs in place to sustain equipment performance.


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