Two new ASCs from Kalmar for DP World Australia
DP World Australia has placed an order for two new automatic stacking cranes (ASCs) with Kalmar, part of Cargotec.
The new ASCs are for DP World’s semi-automated terminal in Brisbane, where 14 Kalmar ASCs are already in operation at Fisherman Islands Terminal.
This order brings the number of modules servicing container trade to eight and increases capacity by 14% to 720,000-teu.
The new ASCs will be delivered fully assembled in 2016 and they are expected to be commissioned in January 2017.
DP World Australia's managing director and CEO, Paul Scurrah, said the investment at the Port of Brisbane shows the company's commitment to Queensland trade.
"Productivity at our Fisherman Islands Terminal has grown from strength to strength," Scurrah said. "In the past six months we have seen higher waterside productivity and a more consistent operational performance from our ASC and shuttle terminal. We are confident that trend will continue."
Glenn Wayne, general manager of operations, DP World Brisbane added that the new ASCs would improve efficiency in the terminal exponentially.
"The acquisition of the two new ASCs is expected to further improve our quayside productivity, while enabling a more efficient transfer of containers from our road side operation,” he said. “It will also result in a 14% increase in yard stacking capacity, while providing an additional five truck lanes, which will further reduce truck turn times across all shifts."
Key performance metrics including truck turnaround time and quay crane productivity have improved significantly since DP World Australia launched its semi-automated terminal, with seven operating modules in May 2014.
The majority of trucks are processed through the terminal in less than 30 minutes, according to DP World statistics, and quay crane gross moves per hour are now above mode pre-implementation levels.