Port and Terminal Operations for Bulk Cargoes 2023

Port and Terminal Operations for Bulk Cargoes 2023

28 – 31 March 2023

Online delivery between 13:00 – 17:00 hrs UK time.

All 4 sessions must be attended to complete the course

Course Fee

£950 per delegate / £855 ABTO members
Discounts are available for group bookings and returning delegates.


Registration and payment is available via the on-line shop.

A link to join will be sent in the week before the course begins.

Course overview

This course is being delivered in association with ABTO: Association of Bulk Terminal Operators and is supported by the IMechE. It has been designed to take a look at the issues surrounding the safe handling and storage of bulk materials in ports and on the sea. It is designed to be interactive so delegates are given the chance to discuss real life issues and to determine best practice for future developments.


A  course mixing practical and theory elements. Discussion on relevant subject areas between delegates and presenter is welcomed

Subjects covered

  • Ship unloading technologies (Grabs vs CSUs, different CSU technologies)
  • Conveying technologies (pneumatic vs belt)
  • Storage and discharge technologies (silos, flat stores, stacking etc)
  • Loading/unloading control (weighing, controlling ship bending etc)
  • Rail and road outloading equipment and control
  • Explosion and fire risks and management (ATEX, fire control and management)
  • Mobile plant and safety
  • Developments in automation and autonomous vehicles
  • Dust control and environmental protection
  • Controlling cargo damage (particle degradation, spoilage, water damage etc)
  • Wear protection and maintenance
  • Cargo characterisation for handleability and other issues

Is it for me?

Stevedores, Operations supervisors, Port managers, Ships Masters, Port developers, Cargo superintendents, Equipment suppliers, Design consultants are all recommended to attend to gain an understanding of the reasons for the varied behaviour of powders and particulate materials as they travel across the seas or are stored and transported from ports.

28 Mar 2023 - 31 Mar 2023