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New straddle carriers for Port Botany


Wednesday, 5 Sep 2012 ( #581 ) - Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Local News Story
Asciano chief executive officer John Mullen.
Cargotec has signed a contract to supply ports operator Asciano with 44 automated straddle carriers between the end of 2013 and early 2014.

The order is part of the company’s $348 million investment to redevelop and expand its container terminal at Port Botany into a world-class and internationally competitive terminal with four berths and 1,400 m of quay line by mid 2014.

The project includes the installation of world-leading automated straddle carrier technology and the introduction of 10 m high, 65 T automated straddles and associated infrastructure and systems.

Asciano director - Container Terminals and Logistics Alistair Field says the technology has been operating at the Port of Brisbane since 2005 with great success, delivering significant improvements in onsite safety, efficiency and reliability of service provision.

"In the first year of automation at our Brisbane AutoStrad Terminal, we achieved a 75% reduction in safety incidents, increasing to a reduction of 90% in following years. It is only logical that we look to replicate this success at our biggest container terminal at Port Botany."

Asciano chief executive officer John Mullen says automation is a core part of the Port Botany redevelopment project and a critical part of the company’s ports growth strategy.

"It is imperative to ensuring the company’s long-term future and competitiveness in an environment where a third stevedore is imminent.

"To do nothing is simply not an option."
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