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Kalmar lands auto terminal maintenance deal

Kalmar will provide maintenance and support for both hardware and software at VICT in Melbourne.

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Kalmar lands auto terminal maintenance deal

Kalmar signed a maintenance and support agreement with International Container Terminal Services, Inc (ICTSI) for the automated container handling solution operating at Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) in Melbourne, Australia. The order was booked in Cargotec’s Q4 2018 order intake with the agreement coming into effect in November 2018.

VICT is Australia’s first “fully automated container terminal”, a claim it makes based on its fully automated yard system plus automated and remote controlled STS cranes. Located at the Webb Dock outside outside the West Gate Bridge, which imposes an air draft limit of 50m on the terminals past the bridge at the Swanson dock, VICT can receive Neo-Panamax calls. The terminal handled its first vessel in March 2017.

“The maintenance and support agreement,” explained Kalmar, “covers all aspects of the OneTerminal automated solution, which comprises Navis N4 Terminal Operating System (TOS), 20 Kalmar automated stacking cranes (ASCs) and 11 Kalmar AutoShuttles. The Kalmar Terminal Logistics System (TLS) conducts routing and execution for automated operations based on the orders from the Navis N4 TOS. TLS is connected through open Kalmar Key interface to five automatic neo-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes”.

Anders Dømmestrup, Chief Executive Officer, VICT said the agreement will help VICT get the most out of its automation systems. ”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. 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, Intelligent Service Solutions, 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. This agreement is the result of the hard work and collaborative, customer-focused approach of the Kalmar Australia team."

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