THE GRAIN SHIP LOADER SUPPLIED BY TAIM WESER TO THE PORT OF MARSEILLE IS OPERATIONAL
The new mobile rail-mounted loader for cereal loading supplied by TAIM WESER for the expansion of the Port of Marseille (France) is already up and running. The new equipment, which is provided with most advanced control technologies, will allow to increase the French port’s bulk shipping management capacity.
TAIM WESER keeps adding references to its already long list of facilities in European port terminals with the new mobile, rail-mounted loader for cereal loading that the company has supplied for the Autonomous Port of Marseille (Port autonome de Marseille - PAM), the most important port in France and the third-largest in Europe. In 2008, the PAM embarked on a modernisation and expansion process that included, amongst other actions, the implementation of a new logistic export structure. To this end, it turned to the technology of TAIM WESER, which has been in charge of the design, installation and commissioning of a mobile, rail-mounted ship and barge loader for cereal (wheat, corn, rapeseed, dry peas and barley), which has been installed on the Gloria quay at Port-Sant-Louis.
Last October, once the loader assembly and commissioning were complete, TAIM WESER technicians, together with the client’s specialised personnel, conducted the corresponding no-load and load testing to verify that the installation worked properly. After passing all tests, the new loader is fully operational and, in fact, on the 15th of November it loaded its first ship. It is a machine designed to work 2,000 hours per year and that will be used for the loading of 80 to 205 m-long ships and barges with a capacity ranging from 3,000 to 30,000 tons. Thanks to this new equipment, the terminal will be able to manage a higher cereal shipping volume and speed up all loading and unloading manoeuvres.
This last new installation in Marseille joins a long list of installations built by TAIM WESER in other European ports, such as Dunkirk, Cartagena, Valencia, Tarragona or Huelva. The port sector is strategic for the company, which has references throughout the world related to bulk handling projects implemented in the ports of countries such as Portugal, Morocco, Iran, Peru, Chile, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, among others.
A 32 m-tall loader
The supplied installation consists of a ship loader designed according to the client’s requirements having a nominal loading capacity of 1,000 t/h for an average product density of 0.75 t/m3 that can handle up to 1,200 t/h for a product density of 0.9 t/m3. Its travel speed (25 m/min) and its height (32 m) are some of its most striking features. In addition, the loader has a 38 m-long boom that is luffable so as to allow the passage of ships when in the parked position. A telescopic chute travels along the entire length of the boom and is equipped with a telescopic nozzle with a trimmer on the end for the correct distribution of cereal inside vessel holds. Likewise, it is fitted out with its own PLC, which performs control functions together with the different control instruments and safety elements its is provided with, such as limit switches, collision sensors, an anemometer, level probes, etc.