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Rossi supplies Materials Handling Equipment to Port
Rossi Engineering has been awarded the contract to supply 79 port terminal tractors and 22 Roll on/Roll off (RoRo) trailers to the South African Ports Authority. 

Robert Rossi of Rossi Engineering commented, “In awarding this contract, the Ports Authority were looking for a BEE company with the experience and skills to source the right equipment and provide ongoing service and maintenance.  Rossi could deliver on this basis.” he said.

Rossi chose the German manufactured Mafi equipment for its design and reliability.  “Mafi is a world leader in heavy duty transport equipment and Rossi has an exclusive agency with them to deliver world class materials handling solutions to the African market.”  He said.

The equipment, which represents the latest technology, was manufactured in the German factory and delivered to the port in early 2007.    Ten of the new trailers have a 30 ton capacity while the remaining 12 have a 60 ton capacity.  It is anticipated that the new equipment will speed up the cargo handling processes at port and assist in SAPO’s vision to increase the Port’s capacity.

About the Port

The port of Durban handles the greatest volume of sea-going traffic of any port in southern Africa. In the year up to 31 March 2007, the Port of Durban handled a total of 4,545 sea-going ships with a gross tonnage of 97,453,430 or about 32 percent of the ships calling at all South African ports.

Total tonnage handled by the port (including containers) constituted 43,231,702t of imports, 22,397,568t of exports and 7,377,166t of transhipment cargo giving a total tonnage for the port of 73,074,436 tonnes.