Kalmar and Navis Automate First Intermodal Terminal

A graphic of the planned Moorebank Logistics Park in Sydney. Image courtesy of Navis.

Kalmar and Navis have been chosen to a supply state-of-the-art fully automated intermodal terminal solution for Qube’s Moorebank Logistics Park (MLP) in south-western Sydney — becoming the world’s first automated intermodal terminal.

For the approximately $94 million order, Kalmar will provide a range of automated cargo handling solutions while Navis provides their N4 terminal operating system (TOS).

The logistics park will be fitted with Kalmar’s automated train handling, automated yard care and automated horizontal transportation equipment in a single solution called OneTerminal.

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The OneTerminal solution will include four Kalmar Automated Stacking Cranes, eight automated Kalmar Rail-Mounted Gantry Cranes, as well as eight hybrid Kalmar FastCharge AutoShuttles and their charging stations.

Chief Customer Officer at Navis, Bruce Jacquemard, commented: “The Qube automation initiative is another important milestone in our strategy to make global trade smarter, safer and more sustainable for everyone.

“Our combined Kalmar and Navis OneTerminal approach will help reduce the risk of terminal automation adoption worldwide.

“We are looking forward to extending our OneTerminal leadership, global footprint and unique ability to scale to bring new levels of automation and sustainability to our customers.”

Manual operations are set to start at the MLP in the first quarter of 2019 — Kalmar’s deliveries will start during the second half of 2019, and the solution will be extended step by step with the complete setup estimated to be operational in 2022.

Qube is one of Australia’s largest providers of integrated import and export logistics services, targeting freight movement to and from ports.

Read the latest technical paper from Kalmar on the automation of terminals — “Terminal Automation Platforms: Open Interfaces”

Managing Director of Qube, Maurice James, said: “Moorebank is transformational for the import-export supply chain and signing this contract with Kalmar is a critically important step towards bringing this exciting project to life.

“Kalmar’s capabilities and product portfolio in terminal automation are second to none, so we are looking forward to taking our next steps with the help of their end-to-end solution.

“This highly complex project will deliver a state-of-the-art automation system that breaks new ground in the intermodal container handling business, and in our opinion Kalmar and Navis are the only partners who can deliver a system of this type and complexity.”

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The new MLP development will become the largest intermodal freight precinct in the country — reaching 243 hectares and featuring 850,000 square metres of warehousing, direct access to road infrastructure and a dedicated link to Port Botany and the national rail network.

Kalmar and Navis’ joint solution will aid the MLP project in achieving a positive ecological impact by reducing CO2 emissions at the terminal through electrical container handling and reducing diesel truck traffic significantly around Sydney.

Senior Vice President of Automation and Projects at Kalmar, Tero Kokko, said: “As the first fully automated intermodal terminal in the world, this project represents a significant milestone for Kalmar and Navis.

It is by far the widest ranging and most complex automation project we have ever undertaken, and proves our industry-leading technical and project delivery capabilities in this growing field.

This project also exemplifies our commitment to reduce emissions in cargo and material handling operations by fostering eco-efficient technologies, as all the delivered equipment can be operated electrically on locally produced solar power.”

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