“Environmental credentials were a strong factor in securing the contract,” says Ken Upchurch, VP Sales and Marketing, Bruks Siwertell. “The unloader will be installed near a historic, very sensitive, downtown location; any industrial activities in the area must comply with strict environmental protection regulations.
“The Siwertell unloader offered this capability, along with impressive through-ship efficiencies, making it the ideal machine,” continues Upchurch. “Also, by working closely with Colonial and its engineering team, we were able to develop a customized solution that will work within the operator’s existing infrastructure
“This is Colonial’s first Siwertell ship unloader,” Upchurch notes. “The company was impressed by the technology and the machine’s flexibility, enabling it to handle various designs and capacities of geared vessels.”
A Siwertell unloader maintains a continuous steady discharge rate, regardless of the level of cargo in the hold, right up to the hold clean-up stage. It is capable of simultaneous pendulum, slewing, and luffing motions, enabling the vertical conveying arm to reach all corners of a ship’s hold, even under the hatch coamings. This results in quicker vessel turnarounds and reduced berth occupancy.
Machine components will be delivered to Savannah for assembly in May 2021 and the unloader is planned for commissioning by August 1, 2021.