The International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) facility at the Port of Melbourne, Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT), is scheduled to receive a delivery of two new Ship-to-Shore (STS) cranes.
The lift height of VICT’s new automated cranes is reportedly 49 metres, which is 10 metres higher than the terminal’s five older STS cranes.
The new cranes’ 60-metre boom spread allows them to handle 22 containers abreast on a vessel. The present cranes have a 50-metre boom reach and can handle 19 containers crosswise.
The new cranes are also more productive since their lashing platforms are 15 metres high, as opposed to cranes that only enable pinning at the dock level, according to VICT.
The additional cranes were purchased by VICT as part of a AUD235 million ($150 million) expansion project that would boost the terminal’s capacity to 1.25 million TEU.
As part of the development, the port has bought six new automated stacking cranes, which will be finished by the end of the year.
Bruno Porchietto, VICT Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are now ready to receive the largest vessels that will come to Australia as part of the upsizing strategy undertaken by the all the major shipping lines in the world.
“This trend will lead to an increasing number of supersized vessels sailing into Phillips Bay and mooring at VICT – the only terminal in Melbourne capable of receiving them.”