Bruks Siwertell has signed a contract with Ashdod Port Company for the delivery of a Siwertell ST 490-M screw-type ship-unloader for handling sulphur and petcoke at Israel’s largest seaport.
A fundamental requirement of the port operator was environmental protection, and the totally enclosed Siwertell unloader met this standard and offered safe, high-capacity through-ship performance.
“Ashdod Port Company chose Siwertell technology to secure its substantial and growing dry bulk cargo volumes for a number of reasons,” said Bertil Andersson, Siwertell sales manager.
“Most significantly, our Siwertell unloaders are the only proven solution for safe, enclosed and continuous sulphur unloading. They also meet the port’s strict environmental requirements, handling materials without dust or spillage.”
Ashdod is Israel’s largest seaport in terms of cargo volumes, and is a major gateway for the county. The new Siwertell ship-unloader was ordered as part of the port’s major expansion plans. It will be rail-mounted and used to discharge sulphur and petcoke at continuous rated capacities of 600 tph and 500 tph, respectively, from vessels up to 60,000 dwt.
Although a valuable and widely used commodity, sulphur is highly toxic, volatile and corrosive. For these reasons, it is not environmentally unacceptable for it to be spilled during unloading. However, its containment increases the likelihood of ‘hot spots’ creating the potential to explode and cause fires.
“We know how to deal with these dangers,” noted Andersson. “Our sulphur-handling ship-unloaders have been supplied to the market for over 30 years.
“All these units are fitted with the Siwertell Sulfur Safety System (4S), which detects and extinguishes fires early, shutting down the system to stop their spread, and safely containing them before they can become a full-blown blaze. To contain explosions, steel casings are reinforced and explosion-venting valves are fitted along the conveyors to relieve pressure.”
The new ship-unloader is destined to serve Ashdod’s bulk terminal, which operates 24 hours a day. The unit will be built and transported fully assembled via heavy lift vessel for installation at the port. Delivery is scheduled for April 2021.