The heart of the Orboom system is the retractable shuttle loading arm which loads the wide beam vessels. The Orboom shuttles are fed by existing pockets of the dock, which in turn are charged by a tripper conveyor along the length of the dock. Typically, two to four of the standard 300-ton packets are combined into one gate and the discharge point sides are extended to increase storage capacity. Under each gate a snugly fit shuttle conveyor, housed in a cradle, is lowered into position after the ship is berthed. A specially designed feed system will promote pellet flow. In lieu of direct bottom dump car loading, manually or automatically controlled tripper conveyors on the top of the dock will fill the packets. This system will be capable of loading vessels at an average of 10,000 tons per hour and will accommodate ships up to 130 feet wide and 1100 feet in length dependent upon the dock lenght.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Amundsen (Paul A)

    1612 K Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20006
  • Authors:
    • Yu, A T
    • Schumann, R A
  • Publication Date: 1977-8

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 14-16
  • Serial:
    • World Ports
    • Publisher: Amundsen Publications, Incorporated

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00165482
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: World Ports
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1977 12:00AM