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Following national trend, Eastern Cape Terminals introduce a truck appointment system

TPT's Eastern Cape Terminals

TPT's Eastern Cape Terminals

28th September 2023

By: Creamer Media Reporter


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Transnet Port Terminals' (TPT's) Eastern Cape Terminals has introduced a mandatory truck appointment system in a move to improve coordination and streamline processes across different commodities.

The initiative is expected to improve truck scheduling, especially during peak seasons and peak times, thus encouraging fluidity on terminal roads and in the operating environment.

“In the trials we ran over the past two weeks, we saw vast improvement in the schedule management of trucks serviced at the terminals,” TPT Eastern Cape Terminals managing executive Wandisa Vazi said.

She added that this was significant as the East London Terminals were pursuing a strategy of growing and defending regional volumes across containers, automotives, agricultural and mineral bulk – with manganese as the next commodity of exploration.  

According to Vazi, when trucks all simultaneously call the terminals unannounced requiring cargo to be loaded or offloaded, there are many other challenges introduced in the system. The biggest of them all was idling resources at off-peak times when the traffic was cleared. “Like any appointment, time and required resources are reserved for each truck and we are able to match demand with supply more efficiently,” she said, pleading with industry to fully endorse the system.

The Port Elizabeth Container Terminal was currently averaging 750 containers a week via road and the truck appointment system would assist in managing this traffic as proposed in ongoing community, municipality and customer engagements.

The introduction of the mandatory truck appointment system at the Eastern Cape Terminals comes after managing company TPT successfully trialled the system at the Durban Terminals at the onset of the national lockdown in 2020. It resulted in faster clearing of trucks that previously contributed to Bayhead road traffic. The system was later rolled out at the Cape Town Terminals and recently, the Richards Bay Terminals.

The truck appointment system is considered best practice globally with greater impact in the container sector. It not only offers operational efficiency but financial value for both the terminal operator and the customer since waiting times are reduced.

Edited by Chanel de Bruyn
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor Online


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