Published: 2018-06-26

Kalmar and Navis to automate Qube's MLP

Technology Kalmar and Navis to automate Qube's MLP

Photo: Qube

The €80m worth deal covers hard- and software that will make the Moorebank Logistics Park (MLP), located in southwestern Sydney, a fully automated intermodal terminal in 2022.

The OneTerminal solution provided by Kalmar and Navis, which both are part of the Finnish Cargotec, will comprise yard crane and horizontal transportation equipment, including four automated stacking cranes, eight automated rail-mounted gantry cranes, as well as eight hybrid fastcharge autoshuttles and their charging stations. Kalmar and Navis will also supply the necessary automation hardware and software for the terminal.

The manual operations at the Moorebank facility are due to commence in Q1 2019. Kalmar deliveries will start during the second half of 2019 and the solution will be extended step by step with the complete setup estimated to be operational in 2022. Thanks to automating its operations, which will be taken care with the use of electrical container handling equipment, MLP wants to cut its CO2 emissions as well as reduce heavy duty truck traffic around Sydney.

Once fully completed, the 243 ha-big MLP will offer 850k m2 of warehousing space, direct access to the M7 motorway and the Hume highway, and a dedicated rail link to the Port of Botany and to the national railroad system.

"Moorebank is transformational for the import-export supply chain and signing this contract with Kalmar is a critically important step towards bringing this exciting project to life. Kalmar's capabilities and product portfolio in terminal automation are second to none, so we are looking forward to taking our next steps with the help of their end-to-end solution. This highly complex project will deliver a state-of-the-art automation system that breaks new ground in the intermodal container handling business, and in our opinion Kalmar and Navis are the only partners who can deliver a system of this type and complexity," Maurice James, Managing Director, Qube, commented.

Tero Kokko, Senior Vice President, Automation and Projects, Kalmar, added, "As the first fully automated intermodal terminal in the world, this project represents a significant milestone for Kalmar and Navis. It is by far the widest ranging and most complex automation project we have ever undertaken, and proves our industry-leading technical and project delivery capabilities in this growing field. This project also exemplifies our commitment to reduce emissions in cargo and material handling operations by fostering eco-efficient technologies, as all the delivered equipment can be operated electrically on locally produced solar power."

"The Qube automation initiative is another important milestone in our strategy to make global trade smarter, safer and more sustainable for everyone. Our combined Kalmar and Navis OneTerminal approach will help reduce the risk of terminal automation adoption worldwide. We are looking forward to extending our OneTerminal leadership, global footprint and unique ability to scale to bring new levels of automation and sustainability to our customers," Bruce Jacquemard, Chief Customer Officer, Navis, summed up.

Qube's Moorebank Logistics Park (photo: Qube)


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