Melbourne terminal to be world’s first fully automated

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The Victoria International Container Terminal in Melbourne, Australia, is the first fully automated international container handling facility in the world, its operator boasted on Friday.

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Listed port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc. said that VICT, wherein they invested $450 million, was designed to be the most advanced container terminal in the world.

“Most of the $ 450 million invested in VICT went to cutting-edge technology and equipment, and the highest standards of port safety. So we can rightly claim that VICT is the very first terminal in Australia that can accommodate the largest Neo-Panamax container ships. For the time being, we can rightly claim that our Melbourne terminal is the most automated terminal in the world,” ICTSI Chairman and president Enrique Razon Jr said in a statement.

ICTSI Senior Vice President and head of Asia Pacific region Christian Gonzales said that VICT has selected leading technology around the world to integrate its operations.

“For the first time anywhere in the world, a terminal has been created that seamlessly uses automated operations from ship to shore. Integration was key to to this innovation—putting all these technologies together. That’s why VICT is the most advanced container terminal in the world,” Gonzales said.

According to ICTSI, its VICT is the very first terminal in Australia that can accommodate the largest Neo-Panamax container ships.

The terminal has a straight berth of 660 meters, which can accommodate two vessels at one time. The berth can handle mega ships with capacities of up to 8,000 to 10,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).

Currently, VICT is equipped with five Neo-Panamax quay cranes (QC) at the berth; 11 automated container carriers (ACC) to move containers from the berth to the container yard and vice versa; and 20 automated stacking carriers (ASC) in the yard. At full build, additional three QCs, seven ACCs, and 12 ASCs will be commissioned.

It has 35-hectares, an annual capacity of one million TEUs and an additional 400,000 TEUs on full build. It also has a dedicated empty container depot that has a capacity of 280,000 TEUs annually.

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