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Victoria International Container Terminal Limited (VICT) has been awarded a ‘Leading’ Infrastructure Sustainability (IS) Design rating by the Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) at a celebration of the new facility on 2 December 2016.
“A Leading rating is the highest rating category a project can achieve in the IS rating scheme,” said ISCA Manager Technical and Business Services, Ainsley Simpson. “This outstanding achievement by the VICT team demonstrates what can be achieved when a project embraces sustainability in their design process. VICT have shown great leadership for other container terminals with what they were able to achieve in their facility design, evidenced not only by their total score but by their achievement of 10/10 innovation credits.”
VICT achieved maximum innovation credits for 3 initiatives.
Firstly, VICT’s Automated Lashing Platform to bridge the automation gap between the ship to shore cranes and horizontal transport machines (Automated Container Carriers and Automated Stacking Cranes) is a world first. Container ships have a standard system for securing shipping containers, a twistlock and corner casting together form a standardised rotating connector for securing the containers to the deck of the ship and to each other. At traditional container terminals, the twist locks are removed by a stevedore manually during the loading and unloading of containers. This manual handling is very dangerous and potentially fatal as stevedores are required to work near suspended loads, at high traffic areas and in hazardous weather conditions. VICT has collaborated with Bromma, the company which is considered to be at the forefront of terminal technology and a subsidiary of Cargotech, to install 6 Automated Lashing Platforms (ALP) on the VICT wharf. This will minimise the exposure of stevedores to hazardous conditions and improve wharf-side efficiency.
Secondly, the integration of technical engineering and information systems, with the Automated Lashing Platforms, Ship-to-Shore Cranes, Automated Container Carriers and Automated Stacking Cranes will achieve the highest level of automation at any port in Australia.
Finally, VICT installed 350 high efficiency Light Emitting Plasma (LEP) lights in the Terminal Gate Control Area (GCA) illuminating an area of 350,000 square meters. This installation at VICT will be the first application of LEP lights in an Australian port environment. All other Australian ports utilise sodium or LED lighting in external areas. The GCA area of the terminal is located near to a number of sensitive receivers and, as the terminal will operate 24 hours per day, the generation of light spill and nuisance to residents is a major concern. The use of plasma lights will reduce the instance of light spill and the terminal impact on nearby sensitive receivers and minimise greenhouse gas generation as a result of terminal lighting.
Traditionally, sustainability has been associated with environmental performance but VICT has also been rewarded for their social initiatives including:
In addition to the above, other sustainability achievements include: