The latest phase of expansion for ICTSI in Australia includes the nation’s current largest port equipment
International Container Terminal Services’ (ICTSI) Port of Melbourne operation is continuing to gear up to meet the challenges of 2024, with the scheduled completion of its next phase of expansion set to be completed soon.
The Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) is scheduled to have Phase 3A of its expansion done this month, with the $235 million being completed in two phases.
The latest phase is set to increase the terminal’s capacity by 30 per cent to 1.25 million TEUs, extending the quay by 71 metres and enhancing VICT’s quayside operations to allow two 366-metre vessels to berth simultaneously.
On the landside, three new storage blocks have been added along with 15 new truck lanes, enhancing the terminal’s booking system time slot offerings to the market by up to 30 per cent per hour starting in January.
VICT has also acquired two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, six auto container carriers (ACC) and six auto stacking cranes (ASC) as part of the phase, with the cranes forming the largest current port equipment in Australia.
Following the completion of this phase, 3B is scheduled to be completed by 2025 and will include more cranes and storage blocks.
“The project is a substantial leap forward for VICT. It will redefine the container terminal landscape at the Port of Melbourne and set new industry standards for operational efficiency and capacity,” VICT CEO Bruno Porchietto says.
“With the expanded capacity and new equipment, VICT will be able to service larger vessels – particularly the neo-Panamax ships with capacities of up to 14,000 TEUs – and introduce economies of scale across the supply chain. All these improvements represent our commitment to delivering the best service to our customers at the Port of Melbourne.”
Aside from investing in infrastructure and equipment, VICT says it is also investing in the continuous development of its workforce through upskilling initiatives.
This proactive approach aims to ensure that VICT remains well-prepared to effectively manage the anticipated growth across its infrastructure, equipment, operations and workforce.