Port of Brisbane highlights stevedore automation

Patrick, DP World and Hutchison all on the board dearly a decade after AutoStrad innovation

Port of Brisbane highlights stevedore automation
The port of Brisbane’s container terminals


The Port of Brisbane (PBPL) is hailing its full container-handling automation by its stevedores, including new entrant the Hutchison Port Holdings-operated Brisbane Container Terminals (BCT).

The milestone highlights a feature of the port in that saw Patrick introduce the globally innovative AutoStrad automated straddle carrier technology with manufacturer Kalmar nine years ago.

"PBPL is pleased to support the automation initiatives of each of the three stevedores because of the significant operating efficiencies and safety improvements which are being realised by the operators," the port’s General Manager Trade Services, Peter Keyte, says.

According to Patrick, its AutoStrad technology has achieved up to a 90% reduction in safety incidents and improved the operational efficiency of the Patrick terminal.

Once fully operational in 2014, BCT claims its two container berths will be capable of handling more than 800,000 teu [20-foot equivalent unit] a year.

The terminal is operated using Hutchison’s proprietary container terminal operations technology, nGen, which tracks and manages the movement of containers through the terminal and operates the automated stacking cranes.

Next month, DP World will complete a significant terminal redevelopment involving the introduction of automated stacking cranes (ACSs).

 Under this system, DP World will transfer containers by manned shuttle carriers from the quay crane to a waterside exchange area at the front of a module serviced by an ACS.

The ACSs will then select and load containers onto trucks automatically as they pass through the terminal.

According to DP World, the redeveloped terminal will have capacity to handle around 900,000 teu and improve efficiency.

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