Australia’s Port of the Year, Port of Brisbane Pty Ltd, and DHI Australia have received the Smart Infrastructure Project award at the Infrastructure Partnerships Australia’s 2018 National Infrastructure Awards for the world-leading technology, NCOS ONLINE.
The multi-award winning technology is the world’s most advanced under keel clearance technology that allows larger and deeper-draft vessels to call at Port of Brisbane without the need for additional dredging in the region’s 90km-long shipping channel.
PBPL CEO, Mr Roy Cummins, said the award was outstanding national recognition within a highly competitive field.
“NCOS has been a game-changer for the Port of Brisbane. By boosting the Port’s capacity to handle larger vessels without compromising safety, we have added value to our customers and maximised efficiency for all Port users,” said Mr Cummins.
“Not only is NCOS Online a giant leap forward for the maritime industry in terms of operational flexibility, It’s a clear commitment from the Port of Brisbane to protect the local environment in which we operate.
“We’re working closely with our partners, innovating and investing in technology to make sure we position the Port strongly for the future.
“The Port of Brisbane is determined to never be the limiting factor for shipping on Australia’s east coast, and NCOS Online helps us achieve that.”
Operational since 1 August 1 2017, NCOS has already helped Port of Brisbane welcome the longest-ever container ship to visit Queensland, the 9500TEU, 347m long Susan Maersk.
"Port of Brisbane is one of the most progressive ports we have ever worked with when it comes to driving the next generation of digital innovation leading to significant business improvements across the ports industry. For DHI to work so closely with them for the past 14 years has been an outstanding privilege," said Simon Mortensen, DHI Group Executive - Ports & Navigation.
Already, the Port has experienced a significantly uplift in larger cargo vessels calling in Brisbane. Since August 2017, the number of deep drafted bulk carriers above 14.0m calling at the Port draft has tripled and deep drafted containers above 13.0m has more than doubled.
In 2017, NCOS Online received the Innovative Support Services award at the Dredging and Port Construction (DPC) Innovation Awards, held in London.