Christianson installs new 300-tph shipunloader at U.S. port terminal

by Teresa Acklin
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   BRUNSWICK, GEORGIA, U.S. — Georgia Ports Authority recently installed a 300-tph SuperTower Fanless Shipunloader at its Colonel's Island Terminal agri-bulk facility at the Port of Brunswick, Georgia. The first vessel was discharged in early February.

   Christianson Systems, Inc., Blomkest, Minnesota, U.S., manufactured the unloader, which travels the length of the pier on a mobile gantry. A 25-meter boom can accomodate a range of vessel sizes.

   The SuperTower can be discharged inside the mobile gantry into trucks or outside the gantry into the intake dockside conveying system. This conveying system transfers grain to unit trains or directly into storage without handling, which increases operational efficiencies and reduces shrinkage, Christianson said.

   The SuperTower also features an improved filtration system design that allows easier and safer service access, Christianson said.

   The modular fabricated design of the SuperTower unloader minimizes ship-ping and erection costs, the company added. The unloader was shipped in nine loads by truck to the Port of Brunswick from Christianson's factory in Minnesota. The Colonel's Island Terminal is located one hour south of the Port of Savannah on deepwater on the South Brunswick River. The agri-bulk facility handles and distributes an array of bulk commodities, including bulk grains, processed grains, protein concentrates and feed minerals.

   The agri-complex has a maximum storage capacity of 1.7 million bushels (46,000 tonnes) in combined upright silo and covered flat storage as well as numerous acres of outside lay down space.

   Charles L. Regini, general manager of agri-bulk and barge facilities for the Georgia Ports Authority, said the new unloading system would provide port users with “unmatchable speed in the discharge, storage and handling of agri-product.” He added, “The G.P.A. is now, more than ever before, able to aggressively compete for additional agri-commodities currently transiting other ports but better suited for our operations.”