Port Elizabeth Container Terminal celebrates its first year of implementing South Africa’s first skiptainer method.

The “Skiptainer” method (more commonly known as the Containerised Bulk Handling process) is South Africa’s very first for exporting Manganese, at the Port Elizabeth Container Terminal.

Impressing its client, Tshipi e NTLE Manganese Mining, with its performance in the first year of implementation, the project has maximised productivity and is pushing out higher volumes of manganese.

Amanda Ben-Mazwi, Operations Manager at Transnet Port Terminals PECT, explains The target has always been 15 skips per hour which we were not reaching in the beginning, we were averaging 10 to 12 skips, but now we are reaching 21 to 24 skips per hour”.

The skiptainer method was implimented after a request from Tshipi e Ntle Manganese Mining who were looking for alternative ways of loading manganese.

According to Chadwick Jansen, Chief Planning and Logistics Manager at Transnet Port Terminals “The skiptainer method has proven to be beneficial to both the company and the client in that it is a cost-effective method, it is environmentally friendly and allows additional volumes to be exported”.

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