Hutchison Ports Australia

Increased Capacity and Productivity at Port Botany

30th June, 2015

Sydney International Container Terminals has increased its container storage capabilities with the commissioning of three additional Automated Stacking Crane blocks in June 2015.

The additional Automated Stacking Cranes (“ASC”) are situated directly adjacent to the existing three ASC which have been operational since early 2014.  ASCs enable higher and more densely packed container stacks without any manual handling.  This improves the terminal’s ability to handle peak wharf or landside demand loads.

The ASC stacks are behind security fences, given their 24/7 automated operation and the need to provide a high level of safety for workers and container security.

To control the risk of spilled Dangerous Goods pollutants entering the drainage system and estuary, ASC block #5 (along with the existing block #1 and #3) have an additional automatic shut off system installed which is capable of the detection of any leaking containers. The system works by using a suite of sensors to constantly monitor and detect pollutants within the stormwater flow and a microprocessor controlling a valve within the drainage line.  If the criteria for pollutants are met, the unit closes the valve within the drainage line, trapping the polluted water within.  Trapped pollutants can then be pumped out and disposed of safely.

The ASCs have been designed to be environmentally sustainable, and are powered by electricity (as opposed to traditional block stacking of containers by diesel powered equipment).  The ASCs regenerate power and feed it back into the electrical grid, resulting in a lower electricity consumption and carbon footprint.

The new ASC blocks enable Sydney International Container Terminals to service an additional 15 trucks, enabling greater productivity and alleviating any congestion in booking timeslots and truck arrivals for import and export of containers at the terminal.

Increased Capacity and Productivity at Port Botany