DP World Luanda is investing in the modernisation of its Multipurpose Terminal (MPT) at the Angolan port, with the acquisition of 30 new tractors.
Βeing the latest generation Terberg YT223, the tractors have successfully been used in terminals across the world and now they will be used within the yard area of the MPT to import and export semi-trailers.
According to a statement, the new machines will feature a more powerful engine, efficient fingertip controls and smoother suspension, and are expected to improve efficiency at the terminal.
The arrival of the tractors is subsequent to the start of operations by DP World Luanda during the previous March after it was awarded a 20-year concession to manage and operate the MPT.
Since then, DP World Luanda has implemented a number of projects and initiatives, as part of its US$190 million investment over the term of the concession, to transform the terminal into a modern and efficient port facility.
These include staff development and training, the implementation of new technology, the acquisition of new equipment and the development of new staff facilities at the terminal.
"We have made good progress over the past four months across various areas of our operations, to transform the MPT into a world-class facility, to provide our customers with a seamless and efficient service, grow trade and position Luanda as a key trade hub along the western coast of Southern Africa," noted CEO of DP World Luanda, Francisco Pinzón.
Last but not least, DP World Luanda will also receive new equipment of six reach stackers, four empty shipping container handlers, four forklifts as well as new Rubber Tyred Gantry (RTGs) cranes, which will be the first of its kind to be used in Angola and are expected to improve the MPT’s operational capacity and efficiency, according to a statement.