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Brazilian agri-bulk operator gears up

Bruks Siwertell is to supply a new ship-unloader to Novo Remanso Port Terminal (TPNR) in Brazil.

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Brazilian agri-bulk operator gears up

The order comprises a Siwertell screw-type ship-unloader to serve TPNR’s grain handling export operations in northern Brazil, on the banks of the Amazon River.


Bruks Siwertell pointed out that four other, individually owned Siwertell ship-unloaders already serve Brazil’s buoyant agricultural market, discharging millions of tonnes of grains, cereals, corn and soya beans each year.


“This contract really was won on the basis of three very strong elements,” said Patrik Henryson, sales manager at Bruks Siwertell. “Firstly, Siwertell ship-unloaders have many successful references in Brazil for reliably handling all types of agricultural foodstuffs. Secondly, they offer very good environmental credentials, and thirdly, their through-life operational costs far out-perform all other systems on the market.


“Grab cranes may be a cheaper initial investment, but they are certainly not the most cost-effective option in the long run, over a full, active service life,” he explained.


“Siwertell ship-unloaders, however, offer an extremely cost-efficient solution. High volumes of grain not only demand reliable equipment, with good operational performance and through-ship efficiency, but on top of that, our systems offer something that no other mechanical ship-unloader, like a grab crane, can offer – they maintain and ensure the quality of grain shipments by minimising any dry bulk material degradation through careful handling.


“They are also totally enclosed, which eliminates any waste through spillage, and ensures dust-free operations and environmental protection,” he added.


Like other Siwertell ship-unloaders operating in the region, the ST 790-M unit will be fitted aboard a floating barge, illustrating the benefits of its low weight. The unloader will offer a continuous rated capacity of 1,700 tph for handling soya beans and corn.


“Novo Remanso wants its new ship-unloader to be in operation as soon as possible and plans for it to be in service for at least 20 years. It will be in good company, as some of the other Brazilian Siwertell unloaders have been operating for well over two decades,” concluded Henryson.


The ship-unloader will be supplied in component parts and assembled for operation in Manaus, the largest city in the state of Amazonas in the north of the country. It is scheduled for delivery by the end of 2021.


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