Drawing from a wealth of experience in transshipment, using floating cranes, LDPL have developed a new design of Transhipper (Floating Transshipment Unit) to cater to the needs of exporters of large volumes of dry bulk cargo. This new generation of transhipper has been created to achieve unrivaled loading performance, whilst offering the simplicity and reliability of bulk loading systems such as Floating Cranes.
Because each project often requires a tailor-made solution, the flexibility of the design of our new Floating Transfer Station (FTS) allows LDPL to adapt our technology to your needs: loading/unloading rates, volumes handled, buffer capacity and cargo specifications (including moisture content).
LDPL’s design teams have concentrated their efforts on the development of two main types of FTS:
1) An environmentally-friendly transhipper; designed to achieve high-speed loading in operational areas where environmental concerns are significant. For instance, the FTS’s conveyors have been designed to limit cargo spillage and significantly reduce dust emissions as they are fully-enclosed. Cargo loading from barges to the FTS is performed using a highly efficient non-grab feeding system. The FTS is also fitted with rainwater recovery systems and the low-NOx combustion propulsion technology has been designed to be both highly fuel efficient and environmentally friendly, ensuring rapid movement of the FTS.
2) Separated hulls with significant buffer capacity; LDPL’s design teams have developed this new concept of FTS for specific operations where cargo blending is required. The bulk floating transfer unit uses two cranes for loading, which gives total redundancy for operations in remote loading areas. The vessel has been designed in order to provide a significant buffer capacity (depending on requirements, up to 80,000t). Thus the transhipper can offer outstanding performance without requiring significant barging capacity to supply cargo, whilst redundancy ensures excellent reliability in operations. The FTS can be fitted with separated buffer areas allowing loading/unloading of different cargo specifications separately, (or even blending). The two cranes have a sufficient reach to load/unload directly from the barge to the ship, without necessarily dropping the cargo in the middle buffer area, thus avoiding costly double handling.
These design innovations position LDPL at the pinnacle of high performance loading with reliability and ease of maintenance, ensuring efficient and environmentally-friendly operations. This innovative approach breathes new life into FTS solutions.