VICT Phase 3A expansion completed by December

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VICT Phase 3A expansion completed by December
Once complete, the Victoria International Container Terminal Phase 3A expansion will boost the terminal's capacity by 30% to 1.25 million twenty-foot equivalent units. Photo from International Container Terminal Services, Inc, mother company of VICT.
  • Victoria International Container Terminal’s Phase 3A expansion is expected to be completed by December 2023
  • The project will boost the Melbourne’s terminal capacity by 30%
  • In two phases, the AU$235-million project extends VICT’s quay by 71 meters to 735 meters, facilitating simultaneous berthing of two 366-meter vessels
  • The addition of three storage blocks and 15 truck lanes will enhance booking system offerings by up to 30% per hour from January 2024
  • Under Phase 3A, VICT acquires two ship-to-shore cranes, six auto container carriers, and six auto stacking cranes

The Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) in Melbourne, Australia, is set to complete its Phase 3A expansion by December 2023, boosting the terminal’s capacity by 30% to 1.25 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU).

The AU$235-million project is progressing in two phases. It involves extending VICT’s quay by 71 meters to a total of 735 meters (or 769 meters with mooring dolphins). The extension enables simultaneous berthing of two 366-meter vessels, enhancing quayside operations.

On the landside, the expansion adds three storage blocks and 15 truck lanes, leading to a 30% increase in the terminal’s booking system time slot offerings per hour from January 2024.

As part of Phase 3A, VICT has acquired two ship-to-shore (STS) cranes, six auto container carriers (ACC), and six auto stacking cranes (ASC). The ACCs and ASCs, operational since August, support the increased yard capacity, while the STS cranes, the largest port equipment in Australia, will be operational by year end.

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Phase 3B, set for completion in 2025, includes acquiring another automated STS crane, three ACCs, four ASCs, and constructing two additional storage blocks.

VICT CEO Bruno Porchietto in a statement said the expansion is “a substantial leap forward for VICT” as it will “redefine the container terminal landscape at the Port of Melbourne and set new industry standards for operational efficiency and capacity.”

Porchietto notes that with expanded capacity and new equipment, VICT will accommodate larger vessels, including neo-Panamax ships with capacities of up to 14,000 TEUs, bringing economies of scale across the supply chain.

Aside from investing in infrastructure and equipment, VICT is also investing on upskilling initiatives for its workforce to manage anticipated growth effectively.

Operational since 2017, VICT in Melbourne is a fully automated container terminal under the umbrella of International Container Terminal Services, Inc.