Mombasa Eco Hoppers reduce dust
Dust reduction measures will be taken at the Port of Mombasa in Kenya with the order of four SAMSON Eco Hoppers with ATEX, which are expected to improve air quality at the site.
This is the first time the dry bulk cargo handlers will be used with ATEX, to help control the handling of Clinker, Coal and Gypsum. They include an automatic reverse-jet cleaning system, inlet grill with suction capacity, air compressors, a flex-flap creating a pressure differential and a dust filter unit on three sides of the hopper.
Measures to minimise the escape of fugitive dust will be employed both at the intake area of the Eco Hopper itself as well as on a dusting system situated between the hopper and truck.
UK-based SAMSON Materials Handling is producing the order for TradeMark East Africa, while the design was handled by a collaboration of the AUMUND Group of companies involving SAMSON and engineers from SCHADE Lagertechnik GmbH in Germany.
The Eco Hopper inlet grill measures 6m x 6m and is topped by a 2m high shroud which creates an aperture of 8.2 x 8.2m for grab discharge, designed to mitigate the effects of high winds. The Eco Hopper is mounted on a chassis which brings the total height of the configuration to 15.7m, allowing a truck clearance height of over 4m.
The Eco Hoppers are mobile powered with crabbing functionality to enable specific positioning alongside the vessel. The throughput of each Eco Hopper is designed to operate at a peak rate of 700tph.
SAMSON states on its website that rates of 5,000 tons per hour may be achieved, subject to the grab crane performance.
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