FIVE quay cranes at Victoria International Container Terminal received an energy efficiency makeover with the installation of LED lighting. Led by VICT’s engineering and facilities team, the upgrade reduced overall electricity usage by 971 megawatt hours.

The upgrade equates to average savings of $85,000 per annum for VICT in energy costs and reduces carbon emissions by 1042 tonnes (88% reduction).

Each crane originally utilised 47 x 1000-watt high-pressure sodium lights.  These were replaced with 14 x 400-watt LED lights strategically placed to maximise the new fittings.

VICT’s 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.

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 that under the Victoria Energy Upgrades 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.

 The team’s hard work thereafter secured VICT’s eligibility to receive a rebate from the ESC amounting to $200,715.53. The company continues to work with the ESC for further rebates which could unlock additional sustainability programs and increase the rebate amount under the scheme.