TANZANIA International Container Terminal Services (TICTS) has placed a 20 million US dollars (over 30bn/-) order with China's Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industry Company Limited for two Quay Cranes and three Hybrid Rubber-Tyred Gantry Cranes.
TICTS Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Anacin Kum said in Dar es Salaam last Friday that the equipment would be delivered in the last quarter of this year and will be commissioned before the end of the year.
"The new equipment will be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2014 and is part of the company's efforts to continually upgrade operational efficiency.
The two new twin-lift QCs will have the ability to handle vessels with containers stacked 13 rows across and have a lifting capacity of 41 tonnes," Mr Kum said.
He further noted that the ultra-modern equipment would also be remotely operated from the control tower hence reinforce TICTS's commitment to operating in an environmentally sustainable manner as they optimise energy use, reducing both fuel costs and the terminal's carbon footprint.
"Over the past five years, TICTS has purchased four new QCs and seven new RTGCs, allowing it to maintain its position as the preferred port-of-call on the East Coast of Africa, the gateway to landlocked African countries and the country's premier maritime gateway to Eastern, Central and Southern Africa," he noted.
TICTS will continue to invest in and upgrade facilities to meet the needs of customers and facilitate ever-increasing trading activities, the CEO cum GM stressed.
TICTS which is a subsidiary of Hutchison Port Holdings (HPH) Group acquired shares at the local company from Philippines based International Container Terminal Services (ICTS) which won a 10 year lease contract to operate container terminal of Dar es Salaam port in 2000.
Former Tanzania Shipping Agents Association (TASAA) Chairman, Emmanuel Mallya commended TICTS latest move saying it would improve containerized cargo handling at the country's prime port.
"As volume of cargo increases due to growing economies in the region, this new equipment will improve efficiency," Mr Mallya said as stakeholders pointed out that efficiency at the container terminal has improved significantly in recent years.
HPH has a contract to operate Dar port's container terminal till 2025 hence the latest investment will meet stakeholders' demand for more modern equipment to handle containerized cargo from Third Generation of cargo ships.