SA Premier launches new cranes

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill launched two new ship-to-shore container cranes on the 25th of June during a special event at Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, Outer Harbor.

The new cranes, that cost $24 million, are essential for South Australia to secure the direct shipping services needed for the State’s exports to remain competitive on the world stage.

By delivering efficient supply chains for shipping lines and their customers, the investment in new cranes will help to secure jobs at the Container Terminal and in the wider community.

The cranes were assembled at a special site adjacent to the Terminal to avoid any disruption to terminal operations. This allowed the cranes to be constructed and rigorously tested ahead of the carefully planned ‘mega-move’ onto the wharf in May.

The new cranes are being supported by Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal’s brand new crane simulator training centre, which opened at Outer Harbor in March this year.

Shipping lines will benefit from the new training for Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal operators, which is enabling them to load and unload vessels more efficiently. The simulator is the most advanced training facility of its kind in the southern hemisphere

The story behind the build of the cranes
In December 2014 we began planning with Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal to create a documentary on the building of the cranes and interviewed all the key people involved in the project. This documentary and an accompanying promotional video break new ground in the level of detail and coverage throughout the 4 month project.

From the arrival of the ship with the cranes in pieces to the commissioning and opening by the Premier Jay Weatherill in June. Everything was covered in 4K, HD, time lapse and even drone video.

This project was by far the most complex I have undertaken in terms of scope and introduced a new range of options that will benefit all future clients, particularly the use of drone vision.

I would like to thank Alison Snel, David Ower, Rob Cebulski, and Peter Cheers for all their help with project management and all the support crew at the terminal, Chad, Mick, Tony, Troy and everyone else who helped on the many shooting days at Outer Harbor.

This is an amazing environment and I am proud to have had the honour of being involved with such a progressive business and a great bunch of people to film this slice of history.

Photos taken as part of the project are now being used across the Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal web site.

Technologies used on this project

  • Time Lapse vision
  • 4K video
  • 2K HD video
  • Photography