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Ship Loader

We offer a variety different systems for ship loading. These systems must fit in the port infrastructure and match current and future vessel sizes.

Balancing bulk material properties and port infrastructure requirements

When selecting and designing a shiploader, the quality and properties of the bulk material, local conditions, performance parameters and environmental requirements play a decisive role.

With these aspects in mind, our engineers determine the most effective and cost-efficient handling principle while minimizing operational and maintenance requirements. The loading system must fit in the port infrastructure and match current and future vessel sizes.

That’s why we have developed a variety of different loading systems:

  • stationary shiploaders
  • mobile shiploaders mounted on rails
  • quadrant radial-type shiploaders
  • shiploaders with gravity spiral chute for loading bagged goods


Transport of bulk material with ships

Bulk material has to be conveyed in large quantities. Building materials, coal, cereals, fodder, mineral compounds or products of the chemical industry are often loaded at the production location in suitable vehicles and transported as bulk cargo to other locations.

It is particularly important to provide technical loading and handling systems designed specifically for the product and adapted to the installation conditions. When dimensioning these systems, characteristics of the goods like bulk density, product temperature as well as flow properties are to be taken into account. Other important criteria are the loading capacity, weight and volume monitoring and dust-free, environmentally friendly operation.

  • Dust-free and environmentally friendly operation
  • High compatibility and flexibility
  • Automatic dispatch control
  • Comprehensive support
  • High throughput rates

Application in the Mining Industry

Entire port terminals or a single barge loader – we offer the complete range of required equipment for the mining industry. Besides the conveying technology, we can supply the ship loading technology best suited for your task, be that a quadrant-type ship loader, a travelling ship loader with luffing and slewing gear or a barge loader with a telescopic conveyor.

Efficient Loading of Minerals onto Ships

For fast ship turnaround, it is optimal for the ship to not be required to move during the loading process. That means that the ship loader must be able to reach the entire length of the ship. This can be achieved by either using quadrant ship loaders with telescopic conveyors or by putting a ship loader on rails, allowing the ship loader to travel along the ship.

To reach the complete width of the ship, either a telescopic boom or conveyor can be used or a slewing gear can be applied. Depending on the material, also a throw-off belt conveyor can be used. If the vertical movement of the ship (due to the loading process and the tide) is small enough, a vertically fixed boom can be applied; otherwise it is necessary that the boom of the ship loader can be lifted.

Mobile Ship Loaders

Mobile ship loading systems have been developed for the flexible transshipment points.

Feeding of the bulk materials may be continuous (e.g., via belt conveyor system) or discontinuous (e.g. by a mobile truck unloading station or a wheel loader).

Different handling capacities, conveying heights and lengths can be combined with other material feeding systems.

  • Ship loader are large machines located at ports that are used for loading bulk materials onto ships. Ship loader can be stationary or mobile, e.g. mounted on rail and are designed project specific to suit all individual project requirements. In most cases, a ship loader is combined with conveyors, truck loaders and feeding systems.

Customer Support for Ship Loaders

Competent engineering, fast and reliable on-site service as well as optimal spare parts supply round out our offering and ensure high reliability of the systems.

  • Customer Care
  • Parts Logistics
  • Hotline Support
  • Residential Service
  • Training and Qualification
  • Modernisation


Together with you we will find the right solution for your individual requirements.

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