Improving the Efficiency of
Port automation at the Port of Botany, Sydney – Unmanned straddle carriers make port 30% more cost effective than competitors
In 2012, the operators of the second busiest container port in Australia needed a solution to improve the efficiency of the port, without increasing the number of workers on site. As a gateway to the country’s trade and competitiveness, it was vital that the port managers, owners and local government worked together to make the most efficient operation possible to keep the nation’s competitive edge.
In order to implement this strategy, Cargotec recognised that industrial automation was necessary to fully optimise the port. This port automation needed not only precision and accuracy, but needed to be relied upon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Any pause in operations due to environmental conditions affecting sensors could not be tolerated due to the huge losses associated with unplanned downtime. As such radar was selected as the most reliable technology, capable of sensing even through thick fog, smoke, dust and precipitation.
Navtech Radar’s state of the art sensor technology now enables the full and reliable automation of the port’s straddle carriers, allowing for unmanned navigation 24 hours a day in all weather conditions. Each straddle carrier is equipped with a 360° scanning sensor, and is able to map the entire area by using targets positioned around the port, knowing its position to within just a few millimetres.
“To our knowledge, this is the most sophisticated robotic tunnel in the world now. The crane gangs in the united states are still 20-30 people, a manual operation in Australia would use 9-10, whilst Port Botany is able to run with just 4 people per crane.”
Due to the straightforward installation of the system, it took just 4 days for Port Botany to transfer from a manual port to a fully automated one, meaning operation disruption was kept to a minimum.
This industrial revolution has made Port Botany 30% more competitive than their competitors DP World and Hutchison. “[The port automation] takes the water front from an old fashioned manual combat environment to one of the most sophisticated robotic operations in the world.”
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