Kalmar has signed a maintenance and support agreement with International Container Terminal Services (ICTSI) for the automated container handling solution deployed at Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) in Australia.

VICT, the first fully automated container terminal in Australia, is situated at Webb Dock East in Port of Melbourne.

Location of the terminal, which received its first vessel in March 2017, offers easier berthing for ships, as well as faster turnaround times for imports and exports of goods.

The latest agreement includes VICT’s OneTerminal automated solution that includes the Navis N4 terminal operating system (TOS), 20 Kalmar automated stacking cranes (ASCs), and 11 Kalmar AutoShuttles.

Kalmar Terminal Logistics System (TLS) currently performs routing and execution for automated operations for Navis N4 TOS. The platform is linked to five automatic neo-Panamax ship-to-shore (STS) cranes via open Kalmar Key interface.

“This integrated maintenance and support agreement will allow us to maximise the productivity, equipment efficiency and availability of our OneTerminal automated systems.”

VICT CEO Anders Dømmestrup said: “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.

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“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 a world-class service.”

In a separate development, Kalmar secured a contract from Norfolk Southern to provide four SmartPower rubber-tyred gantry cranes (RTGs).

The RTGs will feature a suite of process automation solutions and are scheduled to be delivered by the fourth quarter of this year.