Kalmar has signed a maintenance and support agreement with International Container Terminal Services, Inc (ICTSI), boosting its automated container handling solution at Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT).
VICT, located at Webb Dock East in the Port of Melbourne, is Australia's first fully automated container terminal, and welcomed its first vessel in March 2017.
According to a statement, the terminal's unique location on the bay side of the port means a faster turnaround time for imports and exports, as well as easier berthing for arriving ships.
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The maintenance and support agreement covers all aspects of the “OneTerminal” automated solution, which consists of Navis’ N4 terminal operating system (TOS), 20 Kalmar automated stacking cranes (ASCs), and 11 Kalmar AutoShuttles.
Kalmar’s Terminal Logistics System (TLS) conducts routing and execution for automated operations based on orders from the N4 TOS.
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In addition to this, the TLS is connected through an open Kalmar Key interface to five automatic neo-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes.
Anders Dømmestrup, Chief Executive Officer of VICT, commented: “VICT is one of the most advanced container terminals in the world.
“With the strong collaboration of Kalmar's cutting-edge technology and equipment and Navis' industry-leading TOS, we have reached an important point in our development: going from implementation into optimisation to now achieve the highest standards in port safety and efficiency.
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“This integrated maintenance and support agreement will allow us to maximise the productivity, equipment efficiency and availability of our OneTerminal automated systems, ensuring that we can provide our customers with world-class service.”
Arto Keskinen, Vice President of Intelligent Service Solutions at Kalmar, added: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to further strengthen our relationship with VICT through this comprehensive maintenance and support agreement.
“This is a significant milestone for both parties and lays the groundwork for Kalmar to further support VICT with optimising and expanding their operations.”