Ely, UK -- Port mobile plant specialist B&W Mechanical Handling Limited is celebrating a double success for its unique flexible Shiploading solution. One of the worlds largest mining operators, Gold Fields Limited has through its subsidiary Gold Fields La Cima S.A. recently commissioned a new narrow quay installation to load copper and gold ores from it’s facility at the Port of Salaverry in Peru using B&W equipment.
B&W enjoys the benefits of being fully integrated into the substantial and respected International Aumund Group with strategically placed offices in more than 10 countries and representatives in over 40.
At Port of Salaverry the heavy duty 900 tons per hour unit has an integrated 180 degree slewing Samson™ feeder enabling it to discharge off either side of the quay. Mounted on a single chassis the Shiploader is equipped with the B&W New Generation travel system allowing both powered in-line and parallel movement.
This high level of mobility makes the unit ideal for operations on narrow quays and finger jetties with widths as small as 15 meters. Such situations prove impossible for the more cumbersome traditional fixed or rail mounted shiploader installations and yet the flexibility offered by B&W does not compromise on quality in any way. These rugged machines are built to the highest specifications with a design life of 25 years and a normal duty cycle of 24 hours per day continual use. The installation includes a full dust containment and extraction system.
At Port of Salaverry copper and gold ore, with densities as high as 2,900 kg per cubic meter, is transported to the 25 meter wide by 225 meter long quay area by 30 ton capacity trucks, arriving every 2 to 3 minutes. The 36 meter long hydraulically adjustable Shiploader boom is equipped with a 360 degree rotational trimming chute and loads into 25,000 DWT vessels with a maximum Freeboard height of 10.5 meters above the quay and a Beam width of up to 22.9 metres.
Following the huge success of this contract, and the clear demonstration that Mobile Shiploading equipment is hugely beneficial for operators wishing to retain full flexibility within their operation, a second South American order has been placed for shiploading from a fixed conveyor delivery point.
This new order is for the Chilean copper mining company Compañía Minera Carmen de Andacollo operating out of the Port of Coquimbo. Designed to load Copper Concentrate at rates of up to 1000 tons per hour, this system comprises three main equipment types; i) a 36 meter boom rubber tyred Mobile Shiploader and ii) a Mobile Telescopic Link Conveyor with radial travel having a closed length of 26 meters and extendable to 41 meters and iii) a fixed length Link Conveyor 20 meters long.
These systems of Shiploading from B&W represent flexibility at its best. Suited to load a wide variety of products in the tightest of situations the fully mobile unit is the ultimate versatile solution. Changes to port layouts or the differing nature of commodities over time are easily accommodated. Unlike fixed installations, relocation of the unit to another site takes hours not weeks.