Bruks – a supplier of bulk handling systems – says its system will support Colonial's cement import growth.
Ken Upchurch, vice president sales and marketing at Bruks, says: “The unloader will be installed near a historic, very sensitive, downtown location; any industrial activities in the area must comply with strict environmental protection regulations.”
“The Siwertell unloader offered this capability, along with impressive through-ship efficiencies, making it the ideal machine,” Upchurch continues. “Also, by working closely with Colonial and its engineering team, we were able to develop a customised solution that will work within the operator’s existing infrastructure.”
Bruks claims the 490 F-type ship unloader offers a rated cement handling capacity of 800t/h and can discharge vessels up to Panamax size.
“The company was impressed by the technology and the machine’s flexibility, enabling it to handle various designs and capacities of geared vessels,” Upchurch adds.
The unloader is expected to maintain a continuous steady discharge rate, regardless of the level of cargo in the hold.
According to Bruks, it is capable of simultaneous pendulum, slewing and luffing motions, enabling the vertical conveying arm to reach all corners of a ship’s hold, even under the hatch coamings. This results in quicker vessel turnarounds and reduced berth occupancy, the company adds.
Machine components will be delivered to the terminal for assembly in May 2021 and the unloader is planned for commissioning by August 2021.