SOTO Designed Wharf Conveyor Systems and Ship Loading Conveyor Ensures BlueScope Coke is Exported on Time

Posted on January 5, 2017 in Featured & News

Exporting Coke from BSL Port Kembla – Designed by SOTO Consulting Engineers

New ship loading equipment and conveyors designed and built in the Illawarra by local Bulk Materials Handling experts, SOTO Consulting Engineers, were recently debuted to load 30,000T of coke destined for the export market.

BlueScope Steel engaged SOTO to develop a new coke loading sequence to more efficiently handle and load export grade coke to overseas markets that are in short supply of quality coke. SOTO was responsible for concept development and detail engineering of the wharf conveyor systems and ship loading conveyors as well as converting the existing ship unloader into a ship loader.

SOTO has extensive experience in bulk materials handling and were primarily responsible for the designs of the transfers and chutes, as well as the wharf conveyor system including the large tripper unit and the transfer telescopic conveyor that conveys the material into the ship. In addition to the materials handling SOTO also completed the necessary civil and structural engineering associated with the new coke loading facility and structures.

Loading of the coke into the haul of the bulk carrier ship “Ocean Colossus” was completed successfully within the scheduled time frame using the all new conveyors and screening equipment installed by BlueScope Steel. BlueScope now has in place a world class piece of infrastructure that will serve it well for many years to come.

The success of the project is made extra special by the fact it was fully constructed from BlueScope steel and manufactured by many local companies specialising in fabrication, machining, electrical and control. All engineering undertaken by SOTO was from its Illawarra-based design office that utilises advanced conveyor, chutes and bin design methods and software to deliver cost effective solutions.

For further information or for your next conveyor or bulk materials handling project contact SOTO Consulting Engineering.