Development of existing port infrastructure has often been
unable to keep pace with the need for increased shipment sizes,
the necessity for faster and more efficient cargo handling
operations or with the growth in demand of raw materials
The fast-growing economies like India and Indonesia, in order
to meet the energy requirements, are increasing the demand of
coal for their power generation sectors but weak port
infrastructures are a crucial problem and consequently putting a
break on economic growth. Significant investment has been
made to develop ports to sustain this growth, in the import and
export of dry bulk cargoes, but still the investments have been
much inferior to the requirement.
It is then imperative to quickly implement solutions which are
not only cheaper than fixed facilities, but also can be
implemented in a much shorter time and most suited and tailor
made to the specific requirements of clients.
When we compare the floating terminals to the shore based
facilities the main advantages, which immediately come to mind
  •   the floating terminal can be positioned at the closest possible site to the mine or to the end users thus reducing transportation cost to the minimum;
  •   the investment cost in floating facility is definitely much lower when compared with a dedicated shore berth facility;
  •   the project implementation time for a floating facility, of no more than 12 months is also significantly less that the development time for a shore-based facility;
  •   the environmental impact in the case of floating terminal is very limited. The floating terminal does not require permanent civil works;
  •   dredging or land acquisition and as consequence statutory permits are more easily accessible;
  •   the effects of potential business disruption risk such as a change in government policies and laws, reduction of the level ofimports and exports, force majeure events etc, are reduced in the case of a mobile floating terminal; and the ability to relocate the facility and secure alternative employment limits the operations exposure to unforeseen business disruption.
FTS ‘Bulk Pioneer’
The Floating Transfer Station (FTS) Bulk Pioneer is currently
operating for Kaltim Prima Coal in Indonesia at Tanjung Bara
offshore anchorage
The FTS Bulk Pioneer is a 6,500dwt ‘barge’ with two cranes
and two shiploaders on board, along with a combination of
hoppers and conveyors. The Bulk Pioneer’s cranes and material
handling equipment facilitate the direct transfer of coal from the
barges to the ocean going bulk carriers. The ‘buffer storage’ is
utilized during the times of barge unavailability and changeover,
thus ensuring a continuous loading of the ocean going vessels.
Thanks to the availability of two shiploaders the shifting of
the FTS alongside the ocean going vessel is minimized. The
working range of the two shiploaders can cover almost six holds
of a Panamax without need for warping alongside the vessel.
‘Bulk Wayuù’, ‘Bulk Irony’ and ‘Bulk Kremi’
Coeclerici is also present in Venezuela with the FSTS Bulk Wayuù
operating for transshipment of coal in Maracaibo Lake for
Carbones del Guasare, in Italy with the FTS Bulk Irony, a self
propelled dedicated facility utilised since 2003 by Lucchini steel
mill to overcome Piombino’s draught restrictions by lightening
part of raw material shipment (both coal and iron ore) offshore
and in the Black Sea with the FTS Bulk Kremi I (see picture
FTS ‘Bulk Prosperity’
The Floating Transfer Station (FTS) Bulk Prosperity, the ultimate
generation of offshore transshipper, is the solution studied by
Coeclerici Logistics for the Indian market (but not only) and
capable of satisfying local requirements.
The FTS Bulk Prosperity has the unique feature in the sense
that it is suitable both for loading and unloading, unlike the last
transshippers’ generation which were designed to carry out only
one operation. The FTS will allow Indian importers and
exporters to enjoy the advantages deriving from the booming
Indian economy without having to worry of the disadvantages
and additional costs which are a consequence of the country
inadequate infrastructures
Coeclerici Logistics, the Coeclerici Group’s logistics division, is a
major bulk commodities transshipment company with over 30
years’ experience in this specific field
Nowadays Coeclerici Logistics, which operates worldwide,
has attained a formidable position in the field of dry-bulk
logistics as a market oriented company, focusing on the real
needs of customers.
Coeclerici Logistics is dedicated to provide customers with
innovative, tailor-made solutions specially designed to fit their
specific needs.