After mentioning some difficulties in handling newsprint cargoes without damaging them, and the trend towards roll-on/roll-off methods for these cargoes in the New Zealand to Australia trade, the article describes an entirely different system adopted by the Tasman Pulp & Paper Co., of New Zealand, when this company began to operate its own ships. These two 8,700-dwt ships, delivered in 1977 by the Kagoshima Dockyard, have a cargo-handling system developed by Total Transportation Systems A/S, of Bergen, which is capable of handling 280 rolls of newsprint an hour. Each ship has two large side-ports, with elevators feeding the hold and tweendecks in a truck-to-truck sequence. The newsprint rolls are always carried on end, usually four at a time by fork-truck clamps; at each side-port, a small platform with powered rollers projects over the quay, the four rolls placed on the platform are automatically moved inboard, a further four rolls are placed on the platform, and the eight rolls are moved automatically on to the elevator, which takes them down to the required level, again automatically. From here, electric fork-trucks are used to slow the rolls; discharging is done by a reverse procedure. Among the advantages of the system are its ability to cope with the considerable surges from the Pacific swell, and protection of the newsprint from mechanical damage and the weather. The system has been adopted in a number of pallet and paper carriers, and a modified version, with retrofit possibilities, is available for smaller ships. Order from: BSRA as No. 48,909.

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    Fairplay Publications, Limited

    1 Pudding Lane
    London EC3R 8AA,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1978-5-11

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  • Accession Number: 00180050
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 14 1978 12:00AM