The Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT), located at the mouth of the Suez Canal in Egypt, has announced its intention to open up its reefer container inspection and repair facilities to all container shipping brands. The terminal will also launch a dry container inspection and repair hub in October this year.
Until just over a year ago, the terminal says it faced unnecessary costs when moving and repositioning reefer containers with damaged panels or defects. Since it opened its reefer container inspection and repair hub for Maersk containers around a year ago, the terminal has inspected close to 30,000 reefers. The terminal now plans to offer the same service across all brands, an expansion that is expected to bring a number of benefits to the terminal’s customers.
“Previously SCCT hired in a third party company to inspect and repair non-sound reefers. This brought added complexity and delays, particularly as the terminal had the internal capability to carry out the task much more efficiently,” explains Inci Bicen, East Mediterranean Equipment Maintenance and Repair Manager for Maersk.
All technicians at the terminal have undergone training to inspect, wash and repair reefer container to Maersk standards. Training is currently being extended to ensure that it meets the criteria for other major shipping lines.