Terminal operating giant International Container Terminal Services Inc. has signed a license agreement to implement the Navis N4 terminal operating system at its new, fully-automated container terminal in Melbourne, Australia — Victoria International Container Terminal.
Melbourne is the largest container port in Australia, with a capacity of 2.5 million TEUs, and is the group’s first fully automated terminal. Upon completion, VICT will handle up to 1.4 million TEUs annually.
The terminal is expected to be operational by December 2016 with a capacity 350,000 TEUs and will expand to handle up to one million TEUs by December 2017.
"Navis will not only serve as our technology partner,
but also a trusted advisor for this highly complex implementation," said Christian R. Gonzalez, head of the Asia-Pacific region at ICTSI.
N4 was awarded the license agreement as part of a year long concession bid beginning in mid-2013. Once implemented, the TOS will enable VICT to optimize operations, speed turnaround times and deliver unprecedented efficiency in key areas of the terminal — including the gate and container yard.
In addition to N4, VICT has also ordered automatic stacking cranes and AutoShuttles from Kalmar. Together, Navis will support Kalmar, the systems integrator, to ensure that the TOS achieves its full potential and performs optimally for VICT and its customers.