BRUKS offers a wide variety of shiploader designs for every bulk material loading application. We use stationary and travelling designs that incorporate loading boom configurations that luff, shuttle, and slew to access holds on barges, Handymax, Panamax, Supramax and Capesize vessels. Telescopic tubular and cascading chutes are used to contain the cargoes being loaded, and to provide a safe and dust-free environment.
Shiploading of bulk materials including coal, wood chips, pellets, minerals of various sorts, grain and any powder or granular material requires specific attention to the specialized natures of the materials being moved. BRUKS shiploaders are custom designed for every installation. Stationary shiploaders can be solitary units that can reach 3 or more holds from a single vessel set position on the dock, to an array of 2 or 3 shiploaders connected by transfer conveyors to provide continuous, high capacity loading into several holds at one time. Our sophisticated material handling controls allow grain to be loaded at 2,000 tons per hour in 3 shiploaders at one time, reducing the loading time for even Panamax vessels to 36 hours.
More than dust control, the process of shiploading requires that the cargoes are kept dry and protected from rain and wind. BRUKS uses a variety of methods, including standard conveyor covers, but also telescopic covers on shuttling designs. These covers move with the shuttling boom inside the supporting truss, preventing rain or wind to gain access to sensitive cargos like wood pellets and soda ash, which are both badly degraded when wet.
Travelling shiploaders are preferred when vessel movement needs to be kept to a minimum. In these designs typically the travelling gantry will engage a dock conveyor using a tripper, passing the cargo onto the tail section of the loading boom. This boom generally shuttles in and out from the dock’s edge, dropping a telescopic chute into the hold of the ship. Since the gantry moves along the dock the chute can be located in any position relative to the various holds without having to move the vessel. Slewing is not necessary in this design. The shiploader loading capacity can be as high as practical, reducing loading time.
Many combinations of slewing, shuttling, luffing, and travelling have been used depending on the site conditions, dock arrangement, and project requirements. Contact BRUKS for a consultation for your project. We have a design that is just right for you.