Soros Associates received the ACEC 1977 Engineering Excellence Award for realizing a major advance in shiploading technology, with completion of the first Soros Linear Loader at Bunbury, Australia for Alcoa, Agent for Alcoa of Australia Limited. The Linear Loader is double telescopic with a variable span pivoting bridge supporting a shuttling boom conveyor. The ship-side end of the Linear Loader bridge is mounted on a traveling turntable. At the pivot, the same type of turntable, turned upside down, allows the bridge to pivot as well as to slide, with the ship-side end of the bridge moving not in an arc, away from the side of the ship, but in a linear path next to the side of the ship. The linear concept increases ship coverage to such an extent that one Linear Loader with simple marine foundations replaces two conventional pivoting loaders with arc rail foundation, and eliminates two cross conveyors and two transfer stations, at great savings in capital and operating costs.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Progress Publishing Company Limited

    Marine Building, 355 Burrard Street
    Vancouver V6C 2G6, BC  Canada 
  • Publication Date: 1977-5

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  • Accession Number: 00159534
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Northwestern University, Evanston
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 20 1977 12:00AM