Victoria International Container Terminal wins Smart Infrastructure Project of the Year
The newly built Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) at Webb Dock East in the Port of Melbourne was recently named Smart Infrastructure Project of the year at the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia’s National Infrastructure Awards dinner held in Sydney.
“This is an achievement that all of those who have helped build the terminal and are invested in the success of the State of Victoria should celebrate,” said Anders Dømmestrup, VICT Chief Executive Officer.
“VICT, one of the most technologically advanced container terminals in the world, brings the future of container terminal operations to Australia. While still in the early stages of operation, the results and consistent improvement have been very promising, especially considering the challenges of ramping up productivity at automated terminals. Moving forward, we are very confident that we will be able to achieve our target efficiency levels, which is the focal point of this whole project. The success of VICT is the success of the whole state of Victoria,” he added.
The judging panel recognised the project for the significance and role of automation at Australia’s largest container port, improving operational capacity and efficiency, as well as the port’s ability to service larger capacity vessels.
The state-of-the-art Port of Melbourne project won against five other finalists from Australia and New Zealand, which included Sydney Airport Integrated Operations Centre, Sydney; The Mega Train Project, Newcastle; and UBERZones, Melbourne.
A subsidiary of International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI), VICT opened for business in January. ICTSI signed an agreement with the Port of Melbourne Corporation in 2014 for the design, construction, commissioning, operation, maintenance and financing of VICT. The automated terminal is the first of its kind in the ICTSI Group, and is the most advanced in Australia in terms of the level of automation. With its strategic location and projected efficiency levels, the USD400 million project is poised to become Australia’s premier port.
Organised by Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, an independent organisation focused on excellence in social and economic infrastructure, the annual National Infrastructure Awards recognises excellence in public administration and business across major projects.
Victoria International Container Terminal was appointed by the Port of Melbourne Corp. to design, construct and operate the Port of Melbourne’s new international container terminal at Webb Dock. VICT’s development delivers a leading global standard in modern container terminal design, innovation and operations, and makes it the flagship facility in Australia’s premier port. VICT utilises the best-proven technologies and innovations to deliver automated operations from ship to shore. Operations commenced at the start of 2017. (www.vict.com.au)
Headquartered and established in 1988 in Manila, Philippines, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) is in the business of port development, management and operations. As an independent business with no shipping, logistics or consignee-related interests, ICTSI works and transacts transparently with any stakeholder in the port community. ICTSI’s portfolio of terminals and projects spans developed and emerging market economies in the Asia Pacific, the Americas, and Europe, the Middle East and Africa. ICTSI has received global acclaim for its public-private partnerships with governments divesting of their port assets to the private sector. (www.ictsi.com)
10 April 2017