OSLO, NORWAY — Bruks Siwertell completed the installation and performance tests of a new 600-tonne-per-hour Siwertell ship unloader at Yara International’s Norwegian fertilizer terminal in Glomfjord; five kilometers into the Arctic Circle.

“Yara International is very satisfied and impressed that, just 18 months from the order being placed, it now has a new machine up and running and meeting the stringent environmental standards of the company and the site, without a single day of delay,” said Peter Goransson, sales manager and senior adviser, Siwertell.

Delivered from Bruks Siwertell’s southern-European production facility and transported fully-assembled via heavy-lift ship, the Siwertell ST-490M ship unloader has been mounted onto its rails and training and commissioning work is now complete. It already is being used to offload various types of rock phosphate from vessels of up to 20,000 dwt and also will handle potash fertilizers.

“Yara is well aware that it can expect a lifespan of many decades from its new unloader, thanks to a previous Siwertell installation for the company that has been in service since 1980,” Goransson said. “It also knows that it can trust the operational and environmental performance of Siwertell technology.”

The Glomfjord site is exposed to prevailing high winds, as well as very cold temperatures. It is subject to environmental legislation, which protects the coastline from harmful emissions from shipping, and must also meet regulations by being within the Arctic Circle.

“In a country that leads the world in environmental legislation, it is little wonder that Yara took the future-proof step of making Siwertell screw-type ship unloaders its equipment of choice — especially for handling sensitive dry bulk material like phosphates,” Goransson said. “The Siwertell screw-type ship unloader was not only chosen for its ability to safely handle these materials, and for its environmental credentials, which include high levels of efficiency, and a totally-enclosed conveyor system, eliminating dust emissions and spillage, but also for its impressive through-ship capacity.

“We are delighted to have once again been Yara’s choice for this uniquely demanding application. We look forward to continuing our long and fruitful collaboration.”

Bruks Siwertell designs, produces and delivers systems for loading, unloading, conveying, storing, and stacking and reclaiming dry bulk materials, alongside equipment for chipping, screening, milling and processing wood for the biofuel, board, saw mill, pulp and paper industries. The company said all equipment is designed to ensure environmentally-friendly and efficient cargo operations.