Sep 2017

Kalmar and Navis Automate VICT ASCs

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Finnish crane manufacturer Kalmar and TOS supplier Navis have delivered the first OneTerminal integrated automation solution to the Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) at the Port of Melbourne.

Navis and Kalmar signed the contract with Philippines-based terminal operator International Container Services Incorporated’s (ICTSI) VICT terminal in August 2014.

They delivered the OneTerminal automation solution months ahead of schedule, making VICT the world’s first fully automated international container handling facility, according to Kalmar.

OneTerminal will be deployed at the terminal, automating equipment such as Kalmar’s Automatic Stacking Crane (ASC), 11 AutoShuttles, Automated Truck Handling, the Terminal Logistics System and the Navis N4 Terminal System.

As the automation solution deploys a range of equipment and products, it ensures automation is accessible, as easy as possible for terminals to adopt as well as mitigating the risks involved.

Christian Gonzalez, VICT Chairman and Senior Vice President of ICTSI's Asia Pacific Region said: "VICT was designed, and is now equipped, to be fully automated, making it the most advanced container terminal in the world. We chose Kalmar's cutting-edge technology and equipment and Navis' software and it is enabling us to reach the highest standards of port safety.

Read a related technical paper about the planning process for the design of VICT at Webb Dock East.

“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."

Mark Welles, VP and GM of Asia Pacific at Navis, said: "Our team's tireless efforts and knowledge have been instrumental in taking VICT from greenfield to fully automated and operational more quickly than expected.

"The N4 Terminal System will allow VICT to optimise operations, speed turnaround times and delivers a new level of unprecedented efficiency in key areas of the terminal.

“Throughout the highly complex implementation, the Navis and Kalmar teams have served as not only technology partners, but trusted advisors with a commitment to helping the terminal achieve greater optimisation and provide unmatched service for their customers.

"We are invested in the success of VICT and under OneTerminal, we believe it will demonstrate the full power of our software and the equipment."