Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal commissioned two new, state-of-the-art post Panamax cranes in 2015. After arriving in January, the $24 million cranes underwent rigorous assembly and commissioning, before being officially launched by the Hon. Jay Weatherill, MP, Premier of South Australia in June.
The new cranes will deliver efficient supply chains for our shipping line clients, and help us attract and secure the direct shipping services that South Australia needs for its exports to remain competitive on the world stage.
Weighing in at 950 tonnes each, these cranes are capable of reaching heights of 105 metres with their booms raised – just one metre higher than Telstra House, Adelaide’s second tallest building. Each crane has a maximum lifting capacity of 80 tonnes using a special cargo beam and can lift multiple containers simultaneously.
A range of safety and efficiency features are boosting productivity. These include an ‘intelligent slow-down’ feature for lifting and lowering containers and a central monitoring and diagnostic system for crane maintenance.
Upskilling the team
The new cranes are being supported by Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal’s brand new crane training simulator centre, which opened at Outer Harbor in March 2015. The simulator is the most advanced facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere and will benefit shippers, because the Terminal’s crane operators are upskilling and becoming more efficient.