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September 3, 2014

Kalmar to deliver container handling equipment for Melbourne’s new terminal

Cargotec's subsidiary Kalmar has signed a contract to provide handling equipment and related automation technology to the Port of Melbourne's new container terminal.

By Samseer M

Cargotec’s subsidiary Kalmar has signed a contract to provide handling equipment and related automation technology to the Port of Melbourne’s new container terminal.

The terminal is operated by Victoria International Container Terminal (VICTL), a consortium comprised of Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services Incorporated (ICTSI ) and Australia’s Anglo Ports.

The contract includes the delivery of 12 automated stacking cranes and 11 automated shuttle carriers worth more than €40m.

"The partnership with Kalmar allows us to introduce cutting-edge, best-proven automated container handling equipment and technologies to Webb Dock."

ICTSI Asia-Pacific region head Christian Gonzalez said: "This is a premier project for ICTSI in Australia and the partnership with Kalmar allows us to introduce cutting-edge, best-proven automated container handling equipment and technologies to Webb Dock.

"Kalmar ‘s strong track record in delivering automated terminal solutions in Australia, as well as in other parts of the world, will help us to put Melbourne amongst the leading ports of the world."

Under the project, the new terminal at Melbourne’s Webb Dock will establish fully automated operations from gate to quayside. Additionally, the 35.4ha terminal will provide an estimated capacity of 350,000TEU in its first phase and a further 1.4 million TEUs a year, when development works are completed.

Kalmar president Olli Isotalo said: "We are extremely pleased to have been selected as the main partner in this landmark project.

"We are committed to delivering VICTL a high-performing system with best-of-breed automated port equipment."

The construction of the terminal superstructure and facilities will begin later this year and the equipments will be delivered during 2016.

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