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Port Botany’s automation project accelerates with ARMG delivery

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Port Botany, one of Australia’s most important trade gateways, has received three new Automated Rail Mounted Gantry (ARMG) cranes as the Patrick Terminals – Sydney Autostrad infrastructure project accelerates, according to Patrick Terminals.

In a post on LinkedIn, the terminal operator said the ARMGs arrived at the weekend of 21 and 22 March from the Zhen Hua 36, a Chinese vessel.

The machines will be used for the $190 million on-dock infrastructure project at the Patrick Terminals – Sydney Autostrad , which is jointly funded by Patrick Terminals and NSW Ports.

Port Botany’s infrastructure project is expected to increase its annual capacity from 250,000 TEU to one million TEU.

It will achieve this through faster rail turnaround times, more rail services and cut the number of trucks visiting the terminal by terminal by 900.

Port Technology International (PTI) reported in February 2020 that the first stage of the project was due to be completed by the end of 2020.

That followed a comprehensive agreement it signed with Kalmar a month earlier as part of its automation drive.

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