International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) said its Australia operation, Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) located in Melbourne, has lowered its power consumption and carbon emissions through the installation of LED lighting upgrades on all five automated quay cranes.
Led by VICT’s engineering and facilities team, the upgrade reduced overall electricity usage by 971 megawatt hours and carbon emissions by 1,042 tons (88 percent reduction).
“The upgrade equates to an average savings of AU$85,000 per annum for VICT,” ICTSI said.
According to the company, each crane originally utilized 47 1,000-watt high-pressure sodium lights that were replaced with 14 400-watt LED lights.
“VICT’s highly qualified in-house technicians removed the old fittings and ballast to refit the new LED lights, which further reduced light spill to the residential neighborhood near the terminal,” it added.
ICTSI said the upgrade to LED lighting benefits both VICT’s ongoing operational expense reduction program and the environment.
“Moreover, it allowed the company to successfully demonstrate to the Essential Services Commission (ESC) that under the Victoria Energy Upgrades (VEU) program, quay cranes should be reclassified and considered for environmental and sustainability initiatives qualified for rebates as reward similar to other outdoor settings across Victoria,” it added. — Reuters