Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) has made a repeat order of six automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) from Kalmar, as it looks to expand its yard capacity at the Port of Melbourne located at Webb Dock East.
The order was booked in Cargotec’s Q3 2021 order intake, with delivery expected to be completed in Q2 2023.
VICT, owned by International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) is Australia’s first fully automated container terminal which welcomed its first vessel in March 2017 and since then has handled the largest in capacity, longest in length and highest exchange within Australia in a single call.
The 35 ha terminal has a design throughput capacity of more than 1m teu and is the only facility in Melbourne capable of handling the largest container vessels.
The six new ASCs are part of the operator’s capacity expansion program, and the cranes will join the current fleet of 20 Kalmar ASCs already in operation that have delivered truck turn times of sub-35 minutes.
Jon Wheeler, chief operating officer at VICT, said: “The yard capacity expansion and the new ASCs will allow us to increase the productivity of our operations to meet the growing customer demand on both quay and landside.
“The additional storage blocks will also add resiliency, allowing for improved planned maintenance, minimising disruption to our stakeholders.”
The cranes will be delivered fully erected and tested to ensure rapid, smooth integration into the terminal’s automated operations.
VICT’s automated operations are powered by the Kalmar One Automation System – a complete end-to-end system that combines the Finnish company’s automated equipment and a pre-integrated and tested software solution.
The OneTerminal deployment currently includes the recently upgraded Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS), an Automatic Stacking Crane system with 20 ASCs, 11 AutoShuttles and the Automated Truck Handling system.
Earlier this year, the terminal ordered an additional six Kalmar AutoShuttles to be delivered by the end of this year, increasing their total fleet to 17 units.
Daniel Ho, vice president, sales, Asia-Pacific, Kalmar, stated: “Our ability to deliver fully erected and tested machines will ensure that the customer can start to leverage their new solutions faster without disrupting ongoing operations.”
Kalmar is also responsible for the maintenance and support of the automated container handling software solution operating at VICT as well as related technical support.
In 2020, the operator signed a three-year parts care agreement with the manufacturer covering the availability of genuine spare parts for their fleet of equipment.