Melbourne container terminal goes fully automatic

Melbourne container terminal goes fully automatic

Kalmar and its Navis subsidiary have delivered the first OneTerminal automation system to International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI) at the Port of Melbourne.

Kalmar OneTerminal provides integrated automation, delivered by one team, bringing together Kalmar and Navis software systems, equipment and services for a deployment. The deployment was completed ahead of schedule, making Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) the world’s first fully automated international container handling facility.

Melbourne’s newest container terminal, VICT is located north of Port Phillip Bay at the mouth of the Yarra River in the Port of Melbourne’s Webb Dock East. The 35-hectare terminal has an annual capacity of one million plus twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU), and an additional 400,000 TEU when fully built. VICT has a straight berth of 660 metres, which can accommodate two large vessels with capacities of up to 8,000-12,500 TEU at once.

VICT chairman and senior vice president of ICTSI’s Asia Pacific Region Christian Gonzalez said: “VICT was designed, and is now equipped, to be fully automated, making it the most advanced container terminal in the world. The project was completed on budget and ahead of schedule. This has never been achieved in the port industry for a fully automated terminal. It is especially noteworthy when considering the unprecedented complexity of the civil works requirements, along with the level of pioneering automation governing the design.”

The OneTerminal deployment at VICT includes the Kalmar Automatic Stacking Crane (ASC) system with 20 ASC, 11 Kalmar AutoShuttles, Kalmar Automated Truck Handling (ATH), Kalmar Terminal Logistics System (TLS), and the Navis N4 Terminal System. Additionally, Kalmar provided a range of project services required to deploy and support the solution.

Senior vice president of Kalmar Automation and Projects Tero Kokko said: “Since signing the contract with VICT in August 2014, we have worked hard to complete the project ahead of schedule. With our complete end-to-end automation system at Kalmar’s Technology and Competence Centre in Tampere, Finland, and the multi-assembly units in China and Poland, we were able to deliver our equipment months ahead of schedule. The software combining Kalmar TLS and Navis N4 Terminal System was pre-integrated and tested before the delivery, speeding up the deployment.”

 

 

 

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