EMS-Tech Inc. first became involved with self-unloaders in 1995. With a rich history of experience and industry knowledge dating back to the mid 1970s, EMS-Tech was able to quickly climb the ladder of success, firmly establishing its name within the industry. EMS-Tech started with smaller, but important, mid-life refurbishing projects for two of Canada’s pre-eminent ship- owners, notably Algoma Central Corporation and Canada Steamship Lines. Thanks to the energetic and innovative teams in Canada, the Netherlands and China, EMS-Tech was able to grow its client list to the who’s who of ship-owners, operators and shipyards around the world. Even with this growth EMS-Tech never lost sight of its beginnings, the importance of being innovative, and the desire to deliver a quality project while working closely with its customers. Since EMS-Tech’s start with marine self-unloaders, the company has delivered no fewer than 75 self-unloading systems, many of them incorporating patented Feeder Gates and high capacity ‘C’ Loop sandwich belt elevators, with discharge rates ranging from 1,000tph (metric tonnes per hour) to 10,000tph. To date, EMS-Tech has over 2,500 Feeder Gates in operation. In addition to serving the gravity self- unloader market, the company’s footprint now extends to include deck-mounted hybrid self-unloaders as well as transshipment platforms. With leading fabrication and equipment partners in China, Europe and North America, EMS-Tech is able to respond to project needs around the world. As a pre- eminent provider and developer of self-unloading technology, EMS-Tech’s research and continuous improvement efforts are driven to create even better and more efficient systems.
Following successful delivery of nine self-unloading systems for CSL and Klaveness, four Laker class self-unloaders and five Panamax self-unloaders, EMS-Tech focused its attention on the material handling systems installed on two 94,000dwt transshippers constructed by Yangzijiang Shipyard, in China, for EOL and Oldendorff Carriers. In addition to these two transshippers, a fourth self-unloading barge, the Osprey, was ordered by Oldendorff. This self-propelled barge is currently en- route to Abu Dhabi where it will go into service with three other barges that deliver iron ore to the Emirates Steel plant located there.
WHAT’S NEXT FOR EMS-TECH INC.?
In addition to its work for CSL, Klaveness, Oldendorff and EOL, EMS-Tech was engaged by Chengxi Shipyard in China to design and supply the unloading system for Manitoulin, a self-unloader being constructed at their shipyard for Lower Lakes Towing, a subsidiary of the Rand Logistics Inc.; this, in addition to a pair of Panamax self-unloaders, being built in Nantong, for Vulica Shipping, a subsidiary of the Vulcan Materials Company. The Manitoulin will be leaving China for her maiden voyage to the Great Lakes in September of this year whilst the two Vulica vessels are scheduled for completion in 2017. More recently EMS-Tech has been awarded a contract to design and supply self- unloading systems to be installed on two river-class (198m long) EQUINOX-class self-unloaders being constructed by the 3Maj Shipyard in Rijeka, Croatia for Algoma Central Corporation. These ships are scheduled to be delivered to Algoma in 2017.