February 16, 2024

Cape Town Container Terminal Sets Record with Highest Refrigerated Container Load

Port of Cape Town

In a sea of recent news surrounding the Port of Cape Town, a beacon of positivity shines through as the Cape Town Container Terminal (CTCT) celebrates a remarkable achievement. The terminal proudly recorded its highest-ever number of refrigerated containers loaded onto a single vessel, with the Vessel Santa Rita embarking on a journey to Europe carrying South Africa’s prized deciduous fruit exports.

A total of 1,726 refrigerated containers were expertly loaded onto the Santa Rita, surpassing the previous record set in 2021 with 1,711 containers. This monumental feat stands as a testament to the unwavering dedication and collective efforts of all involved.

Oscar Borchards, the acting managing executive of Transnet Port Terminals Western Cape, expressed his delight, stating, “This milestone is a combination of all our efforts and confirmation that our ramp-up plans are heading in the right direction.” He further emphasized the importance of efficiency and season requirements, highlighting the terminal’s proactive approach in developing a recovery plan.

Amidst the peak of the deciduous fruit season, which culminates at the end of March, CTCT remains a hive of activity. Currently, the terminal accommodates three vessels on berth, with an additional two at anchor, anticipating volumes of 16,115 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) planned for loading this week alone.

Borchards underscored the collaborative spirit driving the terminal’s success, stating, “Communication with all our stakeholders remains at the core of what we do with captains of industry.” It’s evident that concerted efforts and open dialogue are key in overcoming challenges and driving positive change within the port.

As Cape Town’s maritime landscape continues to evolve, CTCT’s record-breaking achievement serves as a beacon of hope and a testament to the resilience and determination of all involved.