Barge Unloading System
Barges are unloaded with a clamshell bucket. The coal is then dropped into a hopper and fed onto a vibratory feeder that discharges coal through a chute and onto a conveyor. That conveyor feeds into the power plant or storage yard.
The old feeder and chutes on a barge unloading system could not consistently meet the desired feed rate of 1,200 tph and was prone to “flushing” wet material.
Spillage and chute problems (buildup, plugging, and leaking) were common. Frequently, these problems resulted in costly delays in ship unloading operations.
Additionally, coal spilled on the ground caused a safety hazard, and coal washed into the river was a violation. The facility incurred excessive housekeeping costs to keep the area around the chute in a suitable condition.
The engineers designed, fabricated, and supplied a system consisting of a feed chute, vibrating feeder, and discharge chute created with Tasman Warajay Technology™.
With proper loading of the new feeder, flow rates have increased the system capacity of 1,200 tons per hour.
The system is lined with chrome carbide and ceramic liners for wear resistance. The system has been in operation for several shipping seasons with no maintenance required on the liners.
The material flow path provides for efficient material handling with little coal spillage, as well as minimal dust generation.
This facility is spending minimal time maintaining the transfer chute and cleaning up spilled material around it. This provides for efficient and cost effective operations and allows the facility to unload ships without costly interruptions for chute repair.