Cargotec has received a major order to deliver 44 automated straddle carriers (AutoStrad®) and related automation technology to Asciano's Container Terminal at Port Botany in Sydney, Australia. The deliveries of Kalmar ESC350WA straddle carriers are scheduled between end of 2013 and early 2014.
"Automation has already proven its efficiency in Asciano's Container Terminal at Fisherman Island's in Brisbane, the world's first fully automated terminal with radar based navigation technology. With this deal we will provide both the technology and equipment to the second terminal that will be totally operated with our AutoStrad® system. With operations and unique automation competencies in the Sydney area, Cargotec is perfectly located to supply a total solution including equipment, services and automation solution, pre-integrated with each other," says Peter McLean, Vice President, Australia and New Zealand at Cargotec.
The cooperation between Cargotec and Asciano's Container Terminal division, Patrick, spans over a quarter of a century. Automated straddle carrier trial operations were initiated in 2000 and, following their success, the machines commenced large-scale commercial operations in Brisbane in December 2005. The companies developed the AutoStrad® system in partnership until June 2012, when Cargotec acquired the automation technology assets including the AutoStrad® trademark and a transfer of 23 employees from Asciano.