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Transnet Operationalizes New Hydraulic Mooring Units to Enhance Maritime Operations

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa – Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) has announced the successful delivery and implementation of the first batch of four state-of-the-art hydraulic mooring units at the Ports of Cape Town and Ngqura.

This first batch is part of a larger acquisition by the authority totaling 52 units, which indicates TNPA’s commitment to ensuring that South Africa’s ports remain competitive and are equipped to handle the challenges of modern-day shipping.

TNPA General Manager for Infrastructure, Thecla Mneney, has expressed optimism regarding the recent development: “This marks the first of a series of major port equipment deliveries at our commercial seaports this year. We continue to make progress in fast-tracking the implementation of key investments in port infrastructure to improve operational efficiencies and provide quality service to the maritime industry.”

These advanced systems will provide a significant increase in safety and efficiency. The units are specifically designed to stabilize ships docked at port, a process that becomes critical, especially during unideal weather conditions such as strong winds or high swells. The addition of these units is expected to minimize operational downtime and enhance safety for both vessels and port personnel.

Highlighting the functionality and importance of the new infrastructure, a statement from TNPA explained the uses of the units: “A hydraulic tension mooring unit is a system that is placed on the quayside to ensure the safety of vessels alongside and mitigate the severity of long-wave effects on vessels. The units assist with stabilizing vessels alongside during strong winds, adverse weather conditions and high swells. The benefits also include minimized downtime and safety during operations.”

With the operationalization of these units, the Port of Cape Town’s total number increases to six, and the Port of Ngqura now houses four such advanced systems.

Furthermore, TNPA detailed the allotment of the total procurement plan: “TNPA has procured 52 shore tension units with an allocation of 16 units for the Port of Cape Town, 14 for the Port of Durban, eight for the Port of Port Elizabeth, six for the Port of Ngqura, four for the Port of Saldanha, and four for the Port of Richards Bay. The phased delivery of the rest of the units will be completed by early 2025,” TNPA said.

The move is a part of a broader scheme to upgrade infrastructure across South Africa’s ports, with TNPA spearheading efforts to ensure that the nation’s maritime gateways keep pace with technological advancements and growing market demands.

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA – MAY 19: Transnet logo during the launch of the Transnet-Phelophepa healthcare train clinic in Phoenix on May 19, 2020 in Durban, South Africa. According to a media release, the Transnet-Phelophepa healthcare train clinic is aimed at boosting the testing capacity for Covid-19 in the province, and is part of the KZN Provincial Government’s efforts to curb the spread of the deadly virus. (Photo by Darren Stewart/Gallo Images via Getty Images)


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