Unique Radial Telescopic Ship Loader replaces several Gantry Crane
A new radial telescopic ship loader was installed in an Ukranian port for the rapid loading of grain. Special features like the partially rail mounted design for parallel movement along the berth make this ship loader a unique machine.
Telestack has recently delivered a new TS 550 radial telescopic ship loader to Ukrainian stevedoring company Transervic, which operates in the Port of Illichivisk.
“The machine, which was ordered in November 2013, was despatched in August 2014 and commissioned in November 2014,” recalls Telestack sales manager Philip Waddell.
Quizzed as to why Telestack had secured the order, Mr. Waddell notes that there were several reasons.
“First up, they liked Telestack’s ability to design and supply a machine to suit their individual application and site parameters. However, we were also able to offer local service and after sales back up via our Ukrainian dealer YTS, which was certainly well appreciated. Last, but not least, we demonstrated to the client that we already had a significant number of machines handling grain in Ukraine, with large grain producing companies such as Nibulon,” he says.
Telestack TS 550 Rail Mounted Shiploader fitted with optional lights and dust containment system loading grain at up to 600 tph.
Telestack had supplied 13 of these customised units to Nibulon in 2010 and 2011. They were also awarded ‘Best Shiploading System in 2010’ by the ‘International Bulk Journal’.
Prior to the arrival of the TS 550, Transervic had been using old Russian gantry cranes, which were very slow in terms of loading capacity. They also were highly costly to maintain and were unreliable due to their age. In contrast, the Telestack system will give them better reliability, increased capacity and also lower operating and maintenance costs, stresses Mr. Waddell.
The TS 550 shiploaders that Telestack produces are all custom-designed machine, reflecting the individual applications they are required to fulfil and also prevailed site parameters. Nevertheless, Mr. Waddell concedes that there were certain challenges in respect of the Transervic order that the company’s Sales & Engineering team had had to overcome.