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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Kalmar wins €40m order from Melbourne's new terminal

Webb Dock Webb Dock Port of Melbourne Corporation

Kalmar today announced that it has won a contract to deliver container handling equipment and related automation technology worth more than €40 million to the Port of Melbourne's third container terminal, which is being built by an ITCSI-led consortium.

The order includes 12 automated stacking cranes and 11 automated shuttle carriers, which will be delivered during 2016.

The new terminal is being built by Victoria International Container Terminal Ltd (VICTL), which is 90% owned by Manila-based ICTSI (International Container Terminal Services, Inc.) and 10% by its Australian partner Anglo Ports.

The new facility at Melbourne's Webb Dock will introduce fully automated operations from gate to quayside and deliver an estimated capacity of 350,000 TEU in its first phase. When fully developed, the 35.4 hectare terminal will be able to handle up to 1.4 million TEUs annually. Construction of the terminal superstructure and facilities is planned to commence in late 2014.

"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,” said Christian Gonzalez, ICTSI head of the Asia-Pacific region. “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."

"We are extremely pleased to have been selected as the main partner in this landmark project,” commented Olli Isotalo, president of Kalmar. “Our proven solutions and experience in port automation will not only ensure superior operating efficiency but also minimal environmental impact in this highly populated area."

The Port of Melbourne Corporation signed a contract with VICTL in May for the design, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance and financing of the new container terminal and empty container park at Webb Dock.

Investment for the full development of the two facilities is estimated at around 550 million Australian dollars (US$510M). The lease concession extends to 2040.

The new terminal is expected to be completed in late 2016, according to the state government of Victoria.

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