Bedeschi has won a contract to supply a shiploading system as part of the refurbishment and upgrading of Cargill’s existing Westwego plant on the Mississippi River in Louisiana.
The Italian firm will engineer, manufacture, install and commission – through its US branch located in Deerfield Beach, Florida – a shuttle type shiploading arm capable of loading grain and oilseeds at 2,200 tph (80,000 bushels/hour) on vessels up to 120.000 dwt.
The equipment will be preassembled in Italy and shipped to New the Orleans area in three main parts in order to minimise downtime during the erection phase.
Bedeschi will undertake the project as well as mechanical and electrical works on a turnkey basis. Bedeschi will actively cooperate with Lanier & Associated, Engineering firm from New Orleans.
The machine features enclosed type belt conveyors and a Vortex type dust-free telescopic chute. The overall features are very similar to the three-tower shuttle type shiploader successfully installed in 2015 at the CMT terminal in Convent (pictured), a few miles north from this operation.