Patrick Stevedores’ Port Botany Container Terminal is located 10km south of the city of Sydney, NSW, Australia. The Terminal is currently undertaking the challenging process of expansion and automation while causing minimal impact to existing operations. This $350 million project includes the automation of the container straddles. As part of the Port Botany Terminal upgrade, a new entrance over the existing rail sidings has been created called Ramp D. Ramp D had to be open to traffic by April 2014 to not delay the commencement of automated straddle operations planned to commence in July 2014. This resulted in a tight construction schedule. With a congested and shared construction site the options for accelerating the programme were limited. As the client’s representative, the role was to facilitate the execution of the project. By careful scheduling, the use of extended working hours to reduce the critical path, and close cooperation by all stakeholders, the target was met.
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