Dredging bulk carrier reduces environmental risk

Transmax Transmax will be capable of self-unloading its cargo at a rate of up to 10,000t per hour into any size bulk carrier or directly at the destination

A new bulk carrier is expected to make operations and materials handling in shallow water ports greener.

thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions is working with National Ports to develop a super shallow draft bulk carrier to open draft limited ports to far greater tonnages. No dredging is needed which reduces environmental risk.

Marco Lucido, managing director at National Ports, said: “Our new solution will open up access to shallow loading and destination ports worldwide including those affected by large tides.

“The system will not only be able to significantly increase the cargo throughput for existing mining companies with limited draft, but it can also help to make new mining companies economically viable.”

14m draft

With up to 185,000t deadweight capacity on a 14m draft, the Transmax will be able to transit ports with limited water depth.

It will be capable of self-unloading its cargo at a rate of up to 10,000t per hour into any size bulk carrier or directly at the destination port in a safe and environmentally friendly manner, said National Ports.

The Transmax can be loaded from any ocean-going vessel or directly from the land side via shore conveyors, limiting the capital expenditure for new port infrastructure. Mine and port operators can charter the system on a per tonne basis.

Insufficient dredging

The majority of global import and export ports for bulk material are geographically remote and not sufficiently dredged to handle modern bulk carriers and the environmental regulations that dredging brings, explained National Ports

Bulk carriers with a deadweight of 180,000 tons usually require a draft of about 19m including clearance under the keel. Most ports have a draft of 14m or less.


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