VICT’s new automated cranes are the largest in Australia, with a lift height of 49 metres or 10 metres higher than the terminal’s five existing STS cranes. The 60-metre boom outreach enables the new cranes to operate 22 containers across on a vessel. The existing cranes, on the other hand, are capable of handling 19 containers across with their 50-metre boom outreach. The new cranes also offer better productivity with their lashing platforms mounted 15 metres high compared to the cranes that only allow pinning to be completed at the quay level.
“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,” said Bruno Porchietto, VICT chief executive officer.
VICT’s acquisition of the new cranes form part of the $150 expansion project that will increase the terminal’s capacity to 1.25M teus. The terminal has also acquired six additional automated stacking cranes as part of the expansion that will be completed by the end of the year.
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