VICT welcomes 2 new cranes, largest in Australia

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Victoria International Container Terminal's two new ship-to-shore cranes now stand as the largest in the entire country, boasting an impressive lift height of 49 meters. Photo from ICTSI.
  • Victoria International Container Terminal is now equipped to handle Australia’s largest boxships with the arrival of two new ship-to-shore cranes
  • VICT’s new automated cranes, the largest in Australia, boast a towering lift height of 49 meters, surpassing the terminal’s five existing STS cranes by 10 meters
  • The 60-meter boom outreach enables the new cranes to manage 22 containers across on a single vessel
  • The cranes form part of the AU$235 million expansion project, which will increase the terminal’s capacity to 1.25 million TEUs

Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) welcomed the arrival of two new ship-to-shore (STS) cranes.

“We are now ready to receive the largest vessels that will come to Australia as part of the upsizing strategy undertaken by all the major shipping lines in the world,” declared VICT CEO Bruno Porchietto in a statement.

“This trend will lead to an increasing number of supersized vessels sailing into Phillips Bay and mooring at VICT, the only terminal in Melbourne capable of receiving them,” Porchietto added. VICT recently made history by handling the container vessel MV CMA CGM Pelleas, the largest ever to dock in Australia.

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The new automated cranes at VICT now stand as the largest in the entire country, boasting an impressive lift height of 49 meters, surpassing the terminal’s five existing STS cranes by 10 meters.

The 60-meter boom outreach enables the new cranes to efficiently handle 22 containers across a single vessel. In comparison, VICT’s existing cranes can manage 19 containers across with their 50-meter boom outreach.

The STS cranes also offer better productivity with their lashing platforms mounted 15 meters high, allowing for superior maneuverability compared to cranes that only permit pinning at the quay level.

VICT’s acquisition of the new cranes forms part of the AU$235 million expansion project that will increase the terminal’s capacity to 1.25 million twenty-foot equivalent units. The expansion also includes the procurement of six additional automated stacking cranes, slated for completion by year-end.

Located in Melbourne, Australia, VICT is a fully automated container terminal capable of servicing the largest existing and next-class vessels on trade. Operational since 2017, it has operated as a subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc.