ICTSI Congo receives 1st of 2 mobile cranes


MATADI Gateway Terminal (MGT), the new container and general cargo terminal on the Congo River, DR Congo, has received the first of two new mobile cranes scheduled to go into service at the terminal.

The Matadi Gateway Terminal is a joint venture company between Manila-based International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI), the Ledya Group and Portugal-based port operator SCTP SA.

The Terex Model 5 crane is the largest member of the medium size crane family available from Terex Port Solutions and was delivered fully erect on-board the M/V BBC ODER, which commenced its voyage from Antwerp, Belgium.

With a working radius of up to 51meters, the geometry of the Model 5 unit is designed to serve Panamax class container ships. This unit and its sister unit, set to arrive in September, will operate with an automatic twin-lift spreader (60 tons in twin lift and 50 tons in single lift) and will also provide a heavy lift capability, 125 tons at an outreach of 18 meters.

Tim Vancampen, Chief Executive Officer, MGT commented that, “This new unit is a game changer. It is the first unit of its kind in Matadi and will deliver high performance and faster vessel turnaround times. With the arrival of the second unit, MGT will also be able to give reliable service to larger gearless vessels.”

Other key equipment to be deployed at the terminal includes reach stackers and front loaders as well as Navis N4 for efficient management of vessel loading/unloading and terminal operations.

ICTSI, whose flagship terminal is the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT), operates 30 terminals in 21 countries and is recognized to be a leading developer, manager and operator of gateway terminals of different sizes, serving extended hinterlands worldwide including cross-border trade.


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