Shiploaders for Bulk Materials

The Shiploader is the last piece of equipment in the Material Handling system. The Shiploader position, at the end of the product stream, must be failure-free.

Founded in 1932 in Alsace, AMECO is a leader supplier for Bulk Material Handling equipment and a major Shiploader Manufacturer for a wide range of industries. AMECO’s design is well-known for being extremely robust and long-lasting, perfectly fitting with requirements for equipment handling Bulk Material for sea transportation. AMECO Shiploaders are used to load coal, all types of grains, woodchips, urea or potash. Depending on our customer’s needs, AMECO can provide a fit-for-purpose Shiploader model, for example endowed with anti collision features:

  • Shiploaders on rails (Travelling Shiploaders), which can translate on the jetty alongside the vessel in order to reach the full loading area of the ship’s hatches.
  • Stationary Shiploaders, which are generally used when environmentally hazardous material is to be loaded. The premium encapsulation of a stationary Shiploader feed route prevents the release of hazardous Bulk Material into the environment.

The boom of our Shiploader machines can rotate clockwise and anti-clockwise (slewing motion of the boom) and go up and down (luffing motion of the boom) to perfectly load the ship hold and to adjust according to the water elevation, to the ship size, and to the ship’s increasing draught as it is loaded.

AMECO’s Shiploaders are designed to have the following main features:

  • Travelling, slewing and luffing movements ensure that each point of the ship is reached
  • Bulk loading capacity of up to 3 000 m3/h
  • Bag loading capacity of up to 2 400 bags/h
  • Loading of ship sizes up to 80 000 DWT
  • Descending chute types:
    • For bulk: Cleveland cascade chute, telescopic pipe with rotary banana chute / belt slinger / kick-in kick-out mechanism
    • For bags: telescopic pipe with spiral chute
  • Simple operation possible in automatic mode, with a remote control
  • Low dust and noise emissions
  • Easy access and maintenance-friendly design

Additionally, AMECO offers erection and commissioning supervision services.

Shiploader for Bulk

AMECO Bulk Shiploaders are able to load Bulk carriers up to 120,000 DWT at rates up to 3000 m3/h. We have operating references handling urea, grains, coal, clinker and sugar all around the world with several decades of perfect work, even with reduced maintenance. Our objective is to implement an extremely robust and simple design for our Shiploaders, hence inducing minimal and easy maintenance costs for our customers.

AMECO supplied package of Bulk loading Shiploaders includes the following :

  • a Tripper Car located on the jetty Conveyor with its chute to the feeding Conveyor
  • a loading spout that can be either a telescopic pipe equipped with a belt thrower system or a banana chute (orienting the flow of material)
  • a loading spout that can be a telescopic pipe equipped with kick-in / kick-out device and banana chute
  • a telescopic cascade manufactured by Cleveland Cascade (UK) or Cimbria (DK)

Detail of our Shiploader at GPIC plant, loading urea into a Bulk carrier


Shiploader for Bags

AMECO also manufactures combined Shiploader handling both Bulk and Bags.  This piece of equipment is able to load either Bags or Bulk depending on customer’s export contracts. The Bulk line and the Bags line are separate up to the main boom. Also, two loading spouts are supplied : one telescopic spiral chute with delivery Conveyor for the Bags and one telescopic pipe equipped with banana chute. The supplied package also includes a resting tower located on the jetty used to carry the spout that is not in use.

How do our Shiploaders work with Bags?

1. The Jetty Conveyor is fitted out with a Tripper Car delivering the Bags to a Curved Belt Conveyor.

2. The Curved Belt Conveyor delivers the Bags to an auxiliary Conveyor fitted out with a bag counting device.

3. The Bags are then loaded onto the Feeding Belt Conveyor. At the end of the Feeding Belt Conveyor, a turning table is receiving the Bags and brings them to another auxiliary Conveyor which loads them onto the boom belt.

4. The boom belt then discharges the Bags into a stainless steel telescopic spiral chute allowing them to slide down. The boom belt acts as an accumulator of Bags at the bottom of the spiral chute.

5. Then, a second turning table located at the bottom of the spiral chute dispatches the Bags onto the Telescopic Delivery Conveyor.

6. Finally, the Delivery Conveyor which is manually controlled disposes the Bag at the right location of the hold. The Delivery Conveyor is equipped with a detachable Conveyor that can be added depending upon the distance at which the Bags have to be laid down in the ship hold. The Delivery Conveyor outreach ranges from 2.6meters (fully retracted) to 8.2 meters (fully extended with an additionnal Conveyor)


Some previous projects