Growing number of container terminal operators for Australian ports are using unmanned automated straddle trucks
Please note that a growing number of stevedores (container terminal operators) for Australian ports are using unmanned automated straddle trucks which can only load containers onto trucks with doors facing towards the rear of the vehicle. If needed, the later repositioning of FCLs so that their container doors face towards the truck cabin may sometimes incur an additional fee.
With increasing efficiencies more and more ports are requiring that clearances be finalised and timeslot bookings be made before vessel arrivals into port. Hence the increased importance of ensuring that we receive all required clearance documents at least 5 working days prior to vessel arrival please.
While Port Botany is now served by 3 container terminal operators, Port Melbourne has also announced the approval of a 4th container terminal operator there.