PORT of Brisbane and DHI Australia’s joint project NCOS Online won the Smart Infrastructure Project Award at the Infrastructure Partnership Australia 2018 National Infrastructure Awards held last week.
NCOS Online, a nonlinear channel optimisation simulator system, is an advanced under-keel clearance technology that allows deeper-draft vessels to call at the Port without the need for additional dredging in Brisbane’s 90km-long shipping channel.
PBPL CEO Roy Cummins said the award was outstanding national recognition in a highly competitive field.
“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,” he said.
“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 2017, NCOS has already helped Port of Brisbane welcome the longest-ever container ship to visit Queensland, the 9500-TEU, 347-metre-long Susan Maersk.
DHI Group Executive, ports and navigation, Simon Mortensen said DHI had worked closely with the Port of Brisbane for the past 14 years.
“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,” he said.