BROMMA AND VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL CONTAINER TERMINAL (VICT) ACHIEVE A WORLD FIRST BY INTEGRATING THE FIRST EVER AUTOMATED LASHING PLATFORM AT VICT IN MELBOURNE
Bromma, the world leader in crane spreaders, will deliver its first order for six units of Automated Lashing Platforms (ALPs) to the fully automated Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) in Melbourne Australia from August 2016. Extensive collaboration between Bromma, VICT and other involved parties to fully automate processes and communications with the crane automation, Terminal Operating System (TOS) and the ALP will allow it to become a wholly integrated part of the Neo-Panamax Ship-to-Shore (STS) crane movements.
Manual twistlock handling under the STS cranes during load and discharge operations is one of the areas which until now has proven most difficult to automate. This groundbreaking ALP invention means human contact for twistlock removal from heavy suspended loads, one of the most dangerous jobs within a container terminal, will be eliminated, thereby optimising workplace safety and massively reducing common injuries and the risk of potentially devastating accidents.
The ALP is the first and only system on the global market capable of fully automating this hazardous manual work for both the placement and removal of twistlocks and under-deck pins. “The ALP was the missing piece in our ambition to achieve the safest, most automated terminal in the world. Through the strong collaboration between the Bromma and VICT teams, we have managed to seamlessly integrate the ALP into our operation and we firmly believe we have the safest and most efficient pin-handling solution available on the market today”, says Anders Dømmestrup, CEO of VICT.
“The confidence in our product combined with the collaborative approach VICT offered was the perfect fit and opportunity for Bromma”, says Peter Rydberg, Business Line Director at Bromma. “We are confident that with this revolutionary release of technology, the ALP will seamlessly integrate into VICT’s fully automated container terminal systems and demonstrate the full capability and potential of Bromma’s ALP”, he added.
The ALP can handle 20, 40, 45 and twin 20 foot containers. When operating, it efficiently stores the twistlocks and under-deck pins within the unit for discharge and re-use when backloading an entire vessel bay on a 14,000TEU vessel. The current system is tested and designed as a standalone unit which will sit in the back reach of the STS crane. However, new designs show the potential for the ALP to be fully integrated to form a Crane Lashing Platform. This is natural next step, and highly possible for future development.
Bromma is the world leader in crane spreaders. In more than 50 years of continuous operations, Bromma has delivered crane spreaders to 500 terminals in 90 nations on 6 continents, and Bromma spreaders are in service today at 99 out of the world’s largest 100 container ports. Bromma is the industry market leader in ship-to-shore spreaders, mobile harbor crane spreaders, and yard crane spreaders. A pioneer in the container handling industry, Bromma is focused on lifting the productivity of its customers through more reliable spreaders, and Bromma’s industryleading all-electric Greenline™ spreaders and recent Green Zone™ port productivity applications such as Roadmap™, Fleet Doctor™ and Work Order™ are part of this continuing effort. Bromma is part of Cargotec. Cargotec's (Nasdaq Helsinki: CGCBV) sales in 2015 totalled approximately EUR 3.7 billion and it employs almost 11,000 people. www.cargotec.com
About Victoria International Container Terminal Limited (VICT)
VICT has been appointed by Port of Melbourne Corporation to design, construct & operate the Port of Melbourne’s new international container terminal at Webb Dock East. VICT’s development will deliver a leading global standard in modern container terminal design, innovation and operations. VICT will utilise the best-proven technologies and innovations to deliver automated operations from the gate to the quayside. VICT is owned by International Container Terminal Services, Incorporated (ICTSI), a global container terminal operator headquartered in Manila, Philippines with a portfolio of 29 terminals throughout 20 countries.
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