Philippine-based container terminal owner and operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) has returned to port automation solutions provider Kalmar for eight additional automatic stacking cranes and related automation for its new Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) in Melbourne, Australia.
The equipment is scheduled for delivery in the final quarter of 2016.
Kalmar’s new delivery will be part of Phase 2 of VICT’s automated container terminal project at Webb Dock East. For Phase 1 of the greenfield project, scheduled to be in operation by end-2016, Kalmar is providing 12 ASCs, 11 AutoShuttles, Kalmar Automated Truck Handling, integrated with Kalmar terminal logistic system and the terminal operating system provided by Navis, part of Cargotec.
Olli Isotalo, President of Kalmar, said: “Together, the Kalmar and Navis delivery represents a fully automated turnkey solution for VICT. All the automation system components are configured together to support targeted terminal performance. We are pleased to have received this further order from ICTSI for their terminal which will represent the latest technology in automated container handling.”
VICT’s Phase 2 is planned to be operational by December 2017. Fully built, the terminal’s annual capacity would be at least 1.4 million TEUs.
“This is a premier project for ICTSI and our goal is to deliver a global standard in modern container terminal design, innovation and operations in Australia’s premier port. Kalmar’s vast experience in delivering automated container handling solutions in Australia as well as in other parts of the world will help us to put VICT amongst the top terminal operations,” Christian R. Gonzalez, ICTSI head of the Asia-Pacific region, said.
ICTSI also reported that its subsidiary, Subic Bay International Terminal Corporation (SBITC), recently received and commissioned three new reach stackers and 16 new Kalmar Ottawa terminal tractors.
The additional capacity has increased the terminal tractor fleet to 23 units or 128 percent. The reach stacker fleet increased by 100 percent.
SBITC operates the New Container Terminal 1 and 2 (NCT 1 & 2) at the Subic Bay Freeport, the Philippines.