Kalmar Industries and Patrick Technology & Systems Pty have expanded the trial of the automated straddle carrier terminal at Fisherman’s Island berth 7 in Brisbane, Australia.

Plans to extend the terminal to berths 8, 9 and 10 have now been completed and work is underway by the Port of Brisbane Corporation to prepare the area behind berths 8 and 9 ready for pavement construction to begin.

The extended facility will be entirely monitored by the Remote Maintenance Interface (RMI), an advanced diagnostics system that allows the control room to monitor terminal operational data in real time.

There have been 15 ship calls over the trial, which began eight months ago.

“Although Patrick and Kalmar believe it will be 2004 before a large-scale, fully automated straddle carrier terminal is in operation, the foundations have been well and truly laid,” said Ilkka Annala, vice president, Kalmar Straddle Carriers.