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Equipments used for discharge cargo holds with Cornwell Structures

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Our terminal is facing a lot of difficulties to discharge the iron ore cargo of Ex-VLCC vessels converted to VLOC.
Their cargo holds have some “Cornell structures” forward and aft, which jeopardize the unloading operation:
– The Grab and wheel loader are unable to reach at corner areas
– Cornell Structures can´t be cleaned by Grab or other available equipment

Could you be so kind and comment how your port procedure with discharge of such vessels or other similar situation?

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Asked on November 11, 2015 2:44 pm
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Thanks a lot Scott and Tom for your support and time!

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Answered on November 17, 2015 3:21 pm
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The most fast, effective and cheapest is applying vibrations with a escavator with hidraulic-hammer
J.A. De Martino

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Answered on November 16, 2015 6:50 pm
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Make use of a hydraulic excavator with special tools (small bucket @ dedicated brush)

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Answered on November 16, 2015 1:56 pm
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We have faced this issue in the past while discharging vessels. We found that the quickest and easiest way to address this problem was to put in an excavator early in the hold discharge to knock down the product on the walls before digging to the floor.

Scott Becnel
United Bulk Terminals

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Answered on November 16, 2015 1:51 pm