Simultaneously, TAIM WESER has started to build a mobile loader on rails to load grain for the Autonomous Port of Marseilles (France)
TAIM WESER, a company that specialises in latest-generation bulk handling equipment and solutions, which is one of its strategic business areas, was recently awarded the contract to install conveyor belts and a ship loader for phosphate, with 3,500 t/h capacity, for the Bayóvar Port Terminal in Peru. This project is managed by Brazilian metal giant VALE through its Peruvian subsidiary MISKI MAYO. TAIM WESER is also involved in another project, currently underway, for a mobile ship loader on rails for cereals, for the Autonomous Port of Marseilles. This will be installed at the Gloria del Puerto de San Luis dock, 40 km from the city of Marseilles, France.
Bayóvar: belt conveyors and a loader for phosphate
In September 2008, Vale Do Río Doce (VALE) started to build a phosphate plant in la Bayóvar, in the north of Peru, in the Sechura district and province, Piura department, around 1,000 km north of Lima, 110 km south of Piura and 30 km from the Pacific Ocean. The plant will have a nominal production capacity of 3.9 million tons a year of mineral, the raw material used to make fertilizers mainly, and is expected to enter into operation in 2010.
The investment in this project, 479 million Dollars, includes building a port to load out phosphate rock for export, 4 km from the phosphate plant, from where belt conveyors will take the raw material to be loaded into ships. To undertake this project, the mining company MISKI MAYO SAC, VALE’s Peruvian subsidiary, has entrusted TAIM WESER with the installation of belt conveyors and a ship loader with a 3,500 t/h capacity at this port terminal in Bayóvar. This project represents a challenge for the Spanish company because it is going to be undertaken from scratch, since the land is a desert-like plain and there is no facility of any kind in the port. The equipment that TAIM WESER supplies is expected to enter into operation in March 2010.
Latest-generation control technology
TAIM WESER will be responsible for supplying a fully automated facility, designed to transport and load phosphate into ships from 20,000 to 75,000 DWT capacity. This equipment is designed for a 0.8 to 0.053 mm grain size and 1.4-1.6 t/m3 material density. The facility goes from the ground through a tubular belt conveyor of 480 m long to the dock, where it tips the material onto a 183.72 m long belt conveyor that runs parallel to the edge of the dock and the tripper, which is 162 m long, tips it onto the belt conveyor that connects with the loader.
The loading movements and tasks are either controlled from the control cabin or they are radio-controlled. The machine is fitted with its own PLC, and incorporates the most sophisticated control and safety devices. It includes: limit switches, collision detectors, anemometer, level sensors, etc, and all of the devices necessary to avoid exceeding the set limits.
Grain ship loader at Marseilles Port
The Autonomous Port of Marseilles (PAM), one of the most important European ports and the leading port in France, has also chosen TAIM WESER technology to extend part of its facilities. In this case, it involves modernising and enlarging the port by installing a new ship loader and mobile barges on rails for grain (wheat, corn, rape, dried peas and barley) which will be installed in the Gloria dock at San Luis Port. This project is currently underway and is expected to be delivered by the end of this year.
The loader has a 1,000 t/h nominal loading capacity, with 0.75 t/m³ mean product density, and is designed for a 1,200 t/h capacity, for a 0.9 t/m³ product density. It is built to operate 2,000 hours/year and will be used to load ships and barges with 3,000 to 30,000 ton capacity and 80 to 205 metres long.
It has a 25 m/min travel speed and is 32 m high, and is fitted with a 30 m-long folding boom to allow ships to pass under when out of operation. The boom incorporates is telescopic and a telescopic nozzle with a trimmer at the end properly distributes the grain in the ship’s holds. It also has its own PLC that allows control functions to be performed in conjunction with the various built in control and safety devices, such as limit switches, collision detectors, anemometer, level sensors, and others.