Kalmar, part of Cargotec, delivered an automated straddle carrier solution to Patrick Stevedores' during their recent automation of Port Botany container terminal in Sydney, Australia.
This follows news that Kalmar had supplied a reach stacker to Associated British Ports for around US$500,000.
The conversion from manual operations at Port Botany was made in four days, setting a benchmark for the whole container terminal industry.
Alistair Field, Director, Patrick Terminals and Logistics, said: “Our Port Botany terminal is one of the most sophisticated automated terminals in the world. Patrick and Kalmar's successful relationship over many years is thanks to the strong teamwork between our companies.”
The automation technology used in Kalmar’s AutoStrad was developed in close cooperation between Kalmar and Patrick. The technology is based on a radar-based navigation system, which aims to maximise operating efficiency from gate to quayside.
Peter McLean, Vice President of Kalmar in Australia and New Zealand, said: “The successful implementation of AutoStrad technology both in Brisbane and Sydney demonstrates the proven concept is ready to be deployed globally in terminals seeking for substantial improvement in productivity, safety, reliability as well as in operating costs.”
The AutoStrad terminal is one of the concepts provided under the Kalmar ‘OneTerminal’ offering, which was introduced to the market at the TOC Europe exhibition in June 2015.