DP World expansion in Brisbane on track

DP World’s $250 million container handling facilities upgrade enters its next phase, with the delivery of new straddle carriers this week

DP World expansion in Brisbane on track
DP World expansion in Brisbane on track

April 19, 2013

DP World’s $250 million expansion at its Brisbane container handling facilities has entered its next phase, with the delivery of new straddle carriers this week.

The port services provider says the major project is focused on updating its outdated forklift and truck operation to the latest automated stacking crane (ASC) and semi-automated waterside technology.

The first three manual straddle carriers (MSCs) arrived on site this week having been assembled within the port precinct over the last month. They will
undergo final testing before handover.

In total, DP World will acquire 14 Kalmar MSCs to operate at the new semi automated Brisbane terminal which are due to be in full operation by the end of 2013.

Meanwhile, fourteen new automatic stacking cranes are currently being manufactured by Kalmar and are due to be delivered for erection from July 2013.

Construction on site started in June 2012 comprising improvements to the power supply with new transformers and substations, a new access roundabout, formation of new ASC crane rail beams, new reefer towers and updated IT facilities.

Over 180 people are employed on site each and every day as construction enters its next phase.

"A major challenge for the project is ensuring that during the construction phase that we maintain our waterside and landside performance in Brisbane," says DP World Brisbane General Manager Mark Hulme.

"DP World has invested significant time in careful planning of the construction phases to ensure our customers are unaffected by the development and our operations continue to run smoothly.

"We are still servicing our customers, handling over 10,000 containers per week, as the backdrop of construction continues," he says.

The first stage of development will take capacity to approximately 850,000 TEUs and is due to be completed by the end of 2013.

Further expansion is planned to keep pace with customer demand, the company says.

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