Yara Sluiskil : another step forward.

Published on April 3, 2017

One key element in achieving a significant emission reduction is eco-friendly bulk handling equipment. Investments into green and innovative equipment are positive for the complete port environment and the staff will benefit from healthier working conditions. Hence, ports worldwide place higher priority on the prevention of pollution. Bedeschi machines already comply with the latest emission standards.
In Jan 2017, Bedeschi awarded the contract for the supply of No 1 Ship loader in the plant of Yara Sluiskil, Netherland.
The site has been located since 1929 on the Ghent-Terneuzen canal, a major waterway opening through the Western Scheldt into the North Sea and connecting to European waterways. As with many European fertilizer complexes, development of the site was linked to the availability of coke oven gas from a neighboring coke factory.
The Sluiskil site, located close to Antwerp with direct access to the North Sea, is one of the most important European fertilizer production complexes.
The site has three ammonia plants, two nitric acid plants, two urea plants (one prilling and one granulation) and two nitrate granulation plants. Sluiskil has Yara’s (and Europe’s) largest installed ammonia and nitrate fertilizer capacities.
The ship loader will be compliant with the latest machine directives. Yara engineers will review the project from a safety point of view during the design activity and after the erection phase.
The slewing ship loader here installed will perform efficient loading under heavy duty conditions for barges and vessels up to 35.000 mm of beam.
The design loading capacity of the machine will be of 600 TPH
The material coming from the dock belt conveyor will be taken to the loader and transferred with a sandwich conveyor exactly in the center of the bridge rotation axis. This is one of the main characteristics of the machine, installed for the first time on this kind of machine.
The ship loader is of the long travel type, with a towed tripper to divert the product from a wharf gallery conveyor onto a sandwich belt conveyor, then to a loading boom belt.
The boom will incorporate luffing and slewing movements to facilitate all loading operations required.
The boom head will deliver to a retractable discharge chute, to control the flow of material into the ships hold, whilst limiting dust emissions in the atmosphere.
Normal loading operations are controlled by personnel on the machine or via radio remote control. For manual testing purposes, the loader will have a weather proof operations panel, located to afford a good safe view of all functions. The Sandwich Conveyor features all nylon multi-ply belting continuously supported by closely spaced troughing idlers.
The combination handles the bulk material gently, from the sandwich entrance to discharge. All pulleys are lagged. This will improve traction and training, and soften the effects of occasional trapped material between the belt and pulley surface.

The preassembly of the ship loader will be done at Mammoet Multi-Purpose Terminal, situated along the “Canal from Ghent to Terneuzen” on the Axelse Vlakte.
The main parts of the machine will be transported from the preassembly area to Yara quay-side by mean of barges with floating cranes.

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