With demand for food products growing globally, the system provides opportunities in other locations to use existing port infrastructure. The project has been used as a case study by several port and logistics consultants.
Ray Lee principle of Portside Solutions in Dubai has reviewed the system and commented. “I see particular application in developing countries without traditional bulk loading infrastructure. This solution will allow grain traders to get their product to market simply with existing port facilities,” Lee went on to comment. “The scope for implementation in South America, Eastern Europe and other parts of the world is huge; Portside Solutions is currently working on a feasibility study for a major terminal operator considering adopting the system at their terminals on three continents.”
A close study has been made of the system by South Australia-based Gray Bulk Concepts. Principle Daryl Gray notes “a containerized bulk system for grain presents major opportunities for grain traders to bypass congested monopoly owned bulk loading infrastructure.” Gray also commented “containerizing the grain in small 25-tonne parcels reduces the risk of contamination and product rejection delaying vessel loading. A single transport and storage vessel from the farm into the hatch of the ship reduces handling which reduces cost and potential of contamination ... it has a lot of potential”
A NEW ROUTE TO MARKET
The use of container terminals gives grain exporters and traders another route to market. Often during peak harvest time, the bulk loaders get congested and their customers cannot export the product when and how they want. By using the flexible CBH system it is now possible to get the grain to market.What started as a small change in Argentina is set to grow into a revolution in grain loading globally, with a new flexible low capital solution to export agri-bulk.
The CBH system is already in full operation in Chile,Australia and Africa in the mining industry for products such as copper, coal and iron concentrates where throughputs well over 1,000tph per crane are achieved. The RAM revolver can be designed to operate with any type of port equipment such as reach stackers, ship to shore cranes, mobile cranes and ship’s gear cranes.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
RAM Spreaders has been manufacturing spreaders since 1972. Now as part of the PEINER SMAG Group, the company is a major lifting accessories supplier and boasts a strong reputation within both bulk and container handling industries.
RAM Spreaders’ corporate headquarters, with design and development facilities, are in Singapore, with a manufacturing plant in China and servicing facilities in Lancashire, England and Salzgitter, Germany.