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Qube takes integrated approach to automation

Qube has opted for Kalmar and Navis’ OneTerminal solution for a fully automated handling system for its Moorebank Logistics Park (MLP) in south-west Sydney.

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The order, valued at approximately EUR 80 million, is an important win for Kalmar on several levels. Firstly it is a complex automation project, involving yard crane and horizontal transportation equipment, including four ASCs, eight automated RMGs, and eight hybrid Kalmar FastCharge AutoShuttles and their charging stations.

The design for Moorebank features a 1.5M TEU terminal with low height RMGs handling trains to buffer stacks under one cantilever of larger ASC cranes. The other cantilever will be used for the exchange with the AutoShuttles, which will carry containers directly to the doors of an unloading facility, as well as serving road trucks. The terminal will feature two separate container handing areas, a dense handling system for hanlding import/export container traffic from Port Botany, and another separate, larger area for managing interstate rail services using reachstackers, with container movement between the two managed by the AutoShuttles.


The facility is a new, innovative way of putting together the automated equipment in Kalmar’s product offering, as well as an innovative way of connecting an inland link to a container port to a wider rail network. Perhaps more importantly, Qube has given the entire project to Kalmar and Navis, under their OneTerminal offering.

The market has not heard much about OneTerminal over the last 18 months, as it is different to the “best of breed” approach using integrated technology from different vendors that marine terminal operators have preferred for most automation projects recently. It is, in the long term, however, the way Kalmar would like to see the industry develop.

Therefore a lot of eyes will be on Moorebank to see how Kalmar and Navis perform. Manual operations at the Moorebank facility are due to commence in Q1 of 2019. Kalmar deliveries will start during the second half of 2019, and the solution will be extended step by step with the complete setup estimated to be operational in 2022. “The solution will be delivered by one project team and under Kalmar OneTerminal contract,” Kalmar noted.


Maurice James, Managing Director at Qube said: "Moorebank is transformational for the import-export supply chain and signing this contract with Kalmar is a critically important step towards bringing this exciting project to life. Kalmar’s capabilities and product portfolio in terminal automation are second to none, so we are looking forward to taking our next steps with the help of their end-to-end solution. This highly complex project will deliver a state-of-the-art automation system that breaks new ground in the intermodal container handling business, and in our opinion Kalmar and Navis are the only partners who can deliver a system of this type and complexity."


Tero Kokko, Senior Vice President, Automation and Projects, Kalmar added: "As the first fully automated intermodal terminal in the world, this project represents a significant milestone for Kalmar and Navis. It is by far the widest ranging and most complex automation project we have ever undertaken, and proves our industry-leading technical and project delivery capabilities in this growing field. This project also exemplifies our commitment to reduce emissions in cargo and material handling operations by fostering eco-efficient technologies, as all the delivered equipment can be operated electrically on locally produced solar power. "


Bruce Jacquemard, Chief Customer Officer, Navis, noted that the Kalmar and Navis OneTerminal approach “will help reduce the risk of terminal automation adoption worldwide. We are looking forward to extending our OneTerminal leadership, global footprint and unique ability to scale to bring new levels of automation and sustainability to our customers."

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