DP World has new Brisbane module up and running

Chester on hand as automated stacking cranes strut their stuff

DP World has new Brisbane module up and running
Darren Chester, centre, pictured with general manager for projects Ian Ross, left, and chief financial officer Jason Varsamidis, took the opportunity to speak with terminal management and local operators on his port tour.


DP World Australia’s latest Brisbane container handling upgrade is operational with two new Kalmar automated stacking cranes (ASCs) underway.

The two new cranes, which landed in Brisbane on 19 July 2016, represent a 14 per cent increase to yard stacking capacity.

"The cranes complement 14 existing ASCs, which were commissioned in a $250 million investment on the Brisbane waterfront and launched in February 2014," the stevedore says.

Under the semi-automated system, containers are transferred by manned shuttle carriers from the quay crane to a waterside exchange area at the front of a module serviced by ASCs.

Brisbane now has eight operating modules each serviced by two ASCs. 

The new module opened for export receiving on Saturday, October 29.

The commissioning has been led by project manager Mitch Hawkins, with the module handed over four weeks earlier than planned.

Federal transport and infrastructure minister Darren Chester was on hand to inspect the operation last week.

Speaking during the Chester’s visit, Varsamidis said: "The project was completed ahead of schedule, under budget and with zero safety incidents, which is a real credit to all involved.

"The team work and pride demonstrated highlights DP World Australia’s collective focus on expanding our operations and delivering long-term value for our customers. 

"With $100 million invested during 2016 in container handling equipment, we are making sure our customers benefit through additional capacity and continually improving performance levels."

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