ICTSI Completes Automated Terminal
Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT,) which ICTSI claims is the “world’s most advanced terminal” has been completed ahead of schedule.
A group of dignitaries headed by Enrique Razon Jr., ICTSI Chairman and President, along with His Honour Luke Donnellan, Victoria State Minister of Ports; Councillor Bernadene Voss, Port Phillip City Mayor; and Brendan Bourke, Port of Melbourne CEO were on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony in Australia this week.
“This is an achievement that everyone who have helped build the terminal and are invested in the success of the State of Victoria should celebrate,” said Mr. Razon. “Once we start operations in January, VICT will be the most technologically advanced container terminal in the world,” he added.
VICT features “almost” fully automated ZPMC quay cranes with the ABB STS crane automation system, the Bromma ALP (Bromma’s automated twistlock removal system), Kalmar Auto Shuttles for the quay to stack transfer, Kalmar ASCs with remote control for road truck operations in the yard, and the Navis N4 TOS. The equipment, said ICTSI "will greatly improve stevedoring operations at the terminal, resulting in unparalleled efficiencies and safer work conditions since there will be less need for human interface at key terminal locations”.
In other instances terminal operators have tended more towards quiet, soft openings for automated terminals, which are still very difficult to bring into operation. ICTSI, however, appears to have confidence that VICT is no only going to open on time, but deliver expected productivity much more quickly.