A new Samson ecological hopper has arrived for commissioning at the UK’s Port of Rosyth, where it will serve a new agribulk hub for Cefetra.
Owned by Forth Ports, the Port of Rosyth is currently undertaking a multi-million pound investment to provide Cefetra with a dedicated agribulk facility. The new terminal and improved storage facilities will deliver increased annual throughput and storage capacity, positioning Rosyth as the main agri-hub for Scotland.
As dry bulk materials such as grain arrive by sea they will be offloaded into the hoppers using mobile harbour cranes. At a little over 18m in height and made of reinforced steel the Eco Hopper is claimed to be a sturdy and solid reception unit.
The Eco Hopper is topped by a tapered inlet shroud that minimises any dust generation caused by cross winds. As the crane grab discharges the load, dust filter units situated on three sides of the hopper will keep any fugitive dust from spreading.
The grain then falls through the Flex-Flap dust seal system, which contains any further dust. Material is discharged from the hopper via a dual outlet fitted with two telescopic cascade discharge chutes. This allows a single truck to be loaded by two chutes simultaneously thus increasing the average loading speed.
Material passes through the Samson Eco Hopper at a peak rate of 1,200 tph. The unit is wheel mounted which allows it to be positioned across the port in different locations as required and to be moved clear to allow other port operations to continue when not in use.
The Samson Eco Hopper benefits from safety measures including a storm anchor system (comprising of chains, shackles and attachments to secure the equipment during high winds), ready-to-load traffic lights and sounders, working lighting and safety overload protection. The operators’ cabin is climate controlled and provides a 360-degree view of the operation while accessing all controls. There is also a hand-held pendant operator remote control unit.
Forth Ports Rosyth is the first UK port to install a Samson Eco Hopper to provide dust controlled import facilities for its new agri-hub.