Grain Loading at Ukrainian Port

Ship Loading & Unloading

Grain Loading at Ukrainian Port

Unique Radial Telescopic Ship Loader replaces several Gantry Crane
A new radial telescopic ship loader was installed in an Ukranian port for the rapid loading of grain. Special features like the partially rail mounted design for parallel movement along the berth make this ship loader a unique machine.
(ed. WoMaMarcel - 02/11/2015)
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Innovative Technology

The most significant challenge was that, although the TS 550 needed to be designed to travel parallel on rails at the front end, there were no rails available at the back end. Telestack engineers had to come up with a parallel travel system with rail bogies at the front – on which ultimately the main weight of the machine would rest - and also pneumatic wheels at the rear. The machine also had to have a radial function for trimming. This meant that the design had to reflect a need for the front rail bogies to be raised off the ground to, in turn, allow the radial wheels to engage with the ground, so that the machine could radial for purposes of trimming the vessel. Such a design Telestack had only supplied on units for Nibulon.

Another challenge was that the berth on which the TS 550 was to be deployed handles a variety of cargo, much of which arrives by rail. The TS 550 therefore had to be designed to be easily and quickly moved out of the way of inbound rail wagons.

A green Machine

The Transervic machine incorporates a dust containment system, meaning it is totally enclosed. Furthermore, the TS 550 is electrically powered, driven by a three-phase mains power supply from the jetty via cable reel, thereby cutting out unnecessary diesel fumes.

In terms of productivity, it can load up to 600 t/hof grain at a density of 0.7 t/m³. The TS 550 will mostly be handling grain, but also some soya bean traffic, as well as cake and meal for animal feed.

Local after sales agent and Telestack distributor YTS is providing all future service and maintenance back up on the TS 550, which has been designed to be as easily maintained as possible.

TelestackTS 550 shiploader with 360° trimmer for optimum hatch loading.

In summary, Mr. Waddell points out that the TS 550 as delivered offers a parallel travel facility utilising existing jetty rails; incorporates a radial facility for the trimming of hatches; provides luffing from 14° to 27°, thereby allowing it to work hatches on board a Panamax vessel; and boasts near perfect dust containment thanks to the use of dust covers, enclosed transfer points and the incorporation of a Cleveland cascade chute with a 360° trimmer.

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