International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI)’s Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) has installed LED lights on all five of its automated quay cranes, helping to lower the terminal’s power consumption and carbon emissions.
The upgrade, led by VICT’s engineering and facilities team, reduced overall electricity usage by 971 megawatt hours and carbon emissions by 1,042 tonnes, representative in an 88% in consumption.
The shift equates for an average saving of AU$85,000 (US$60,000) per annum for VICT.
Originally, each crane utilised 47 1,000-watt high-pressure sodium lights which have since been replaced with 14 400-watt LED lights that have been strategically placed to maximise the new fittings.
VICT’s in-house technicians removed the old fittings and ballast to refit the new LED lights, which further reduced light spill to the residential neighbourhood near the table.
The upgrade is beneficial to both the environment and to VICT’s ongoing operational expense reduction programme.
Moreover, the company was able to successfully demonstrate to the Essential Services Commission (ESC) that under the Victoria Energy Upgrades (VEU) programme, quay cranes should be reclassified and considered for environmental and sustainability initiatives qualified for rebates.
This secured VICT’s eligibility to receive a rebate from the ESC to AU$200,715 (US$146,347) and the company continues to work with the ESC for further rebates which has the potential to unlock additional sustainability programmes and increase the rebate amount under the scheme.