Bedeschi has been awarded a contract for the supply of complete cargo handling system for a prestigious offshore transhipment project in the United Arab Emirates. The contract which was awarded by Abu Dhabi Ports (ADP) to Bedeschi, once again demonstrates the confidence which the majority of clients have in Bedeschi’s vast experience and expertise in the field of offshore transhipment of dry bulk cargo.
Emirates Steel Industries (ESI) is situated in the Mussafah industrial area of Abu Dhabi and receives iron ore pellets as the basic raw material for the steel making process. The iron ore pellets have to be received at their jetty, which is located on the 53km long Mussafah channel, connecting to the Arabian Sea. The depth of the channel is only 9m restricting the movement of large vessels. It is therefore imperative that the iron ore pellets be transferred into barges, which can then transport them to the ESI jetty. At the jetty ESI has a shore receiving hopper, connected to their plant by an overland conveyor. The barges deployed are bottom discharging type and have a delivery boom, which can deliver the pellets in the hopper. The entire transhipment, channel transportation and discharging contract has been awarded by ESI to ADP.
For serving this contract, ADP needs to convert a bulk carrier into a transhipper. The project thus entails conversion of a bulk carrier into a self-loading and self-discharging transhipper vessel (TV) to discharge iron ore pellets from Ocean Going Vessels (OGVs) into barges.