Cargotec has signed a contract with the Lithuanian stevedoring
company Bega to supply electro-mechanical cargo handling
equipment for a grain and animal feedstuffs export/import
terminal at the port of Klaipéda in Lithuania. Fertilizer and other
bulk cargo may also be handled in the future.
“The Cargotec belt conveyor system employed in this project
features low power consumption and handles material ‘gently’,
resulting in the minimum of material breakage,” said Arne
Nyström, sales manager for bulk terminals at Cargotec. “It is
also easy to keep clean, so there is no admixture when changing
between different cargoes.”
The contract calls for a shiploader, belt conveyors, slide gates
and diverter gates, a variety of scales, rail wagon/truck loading
systems, dust filters, electrical switchgear, power and control
cables with installation material and a process control system
including human/machine interface and supervisory control and
data acquisition system. Cargotec is also responsible for all the
associated detailed design work.
The system will have two intake lines rated at 500 tonnes
grain/hour for receiving grain from rail wagons and trucks and
conveying it into two flat storage buildings with total storage
capacity of 160,000m³. Another intake line with a capacity of
1,000 tonnes grain/hour will convey grain and animal feedstuffs
from ships into the two storage buildings. Ships will be unloaded
using an existing grab crane.
For transferring material from the storage facility to rail
wagons and trucks there will be one line with a capacity of 500
tonnes grain/hour, and for transfer into up to Panamax-size ships
via a shiploader there will be one line with a capacity of 1,500m³
(1,200 tonnes grain)/hour. The second shiploader is foreseen to
be installed in future.
“We won this contract against stiff international competition
and a factor in this success was the quality of the assistance that
Cargotec provided during the initial planning phase,” said
Nyström. “Furthermore, Bega has been very pleased with the
performance and reliability of a shiploader for handling fertilizer
previously supplied by Cargotec, along with the support and
services provided over the years.”
Following the delivery of equipment in April/May next year,
there will be a construction and installation phase of about four
months with the plant scheduled to be ready for operation by
September 2011.
Cargotec improves the efficiency of cargo flows by offering
solutions for loading and unloading goods on land and at sea —
wherever cargo is on the move. For handling dry bulk materials,
Cargotec provides engineering solutions through its Siwertell
brand, including design, installation and after sales services
Siwertell ship unloaders and loaders are based on unique screw
conveyor technology, in combination with belt conveyors and
aeroslides, and can handle virtually any dry bulk cargo, such as
coal, cement, fertilizer, agribulk, clinker, sulphur and grain.
Cargotec can supply plant and terminal design, ship unloaders,
shiploaders, mobile ship unloaders, mechanical and pneumatic
conveying systems, and storage solutions, all designed to ensure
environmentally-friendly and efficient cargo operations.