The concept of the floating bulk terminal has been developed by the Spanish shipbuilder and heavy equipment designer and manufacturer Astilleros Espanoles SA of Madrid as a method of discharging and releasing large bulk carriers, storing material in a floating stockpile and then transloading into coasters or barges. The advantages of such a system for ships serving a congested area are obvious, while the concept could also permit shallow draft or underdeveloped ports to benefit from the economies offered by large bulk carriers. The Astilleros design features a catamaran base to ensure stability of a structure dimensioned in terms of space and buoyancy to carry the entire cargo of a large bulker. As shown in the illustration the continuous catenary unloader would be supported by a rail-mounted gantry spanning the catamaran with the unloader shuttling along the top of the gantry for variation in outreach. Maximum capacity would be some 5557 tonnes/hr and the unloader would also be used for stockpile reclaiming direct to the shiploader on the opposite side of the gantry. Paceco's original contact with Astilleros was through the Spanish company's USA representative, Wesley D Wheeler Associates of New York. No further information in article.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Cargo Systems International

    Arun House, 201-205 High Street
    New Malden KT3 4BH, Surrey,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1978-6

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  • Accession Number: 00179421
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Cargo Systems International
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1978 12:00AM