Gulf Coast Construction Materials picks Siwertell ST 640-M ship unloader

GCCM Holdings (Gulf Coast Construction Materials) has ordered a giant Siwertell ST 640-M ship unloader for use at South Texas Cement’s terminal in the US port of Corpus Christi.

This high-capacity ship unloading system will help the port to be as efficient as possible and, according to a statement from Siwertell, part of Bruks Siwertell Group, the ST 640-M unit will have a continuous rated cement-handling capacity of 1,500t/h and will be able to unload ships of up to 60,000 dwt.

“GCCM and South Texas Cement made the decision that their new terminal would be best served by a mechanical unloader,” said Patrik Henryson, Sales Manager, Siwertell.

“The factors considered by the companies during the decision process included unloading times, venting requirements, electrical demand, capital and lifetime maintenance costs, ship size, and storage capacity.”

“Siwertell’s demonstrated ability was a large factor in the decision to choose them for this project,” said Earl Ingram, President of GCCM Holdings and South Texas Cement.

“Machine size and unloading rate were extremely important. This particular machine is well within the operational range of many other machines that Siwertell currently has in service, and when combining all of the deciding factors that led to choosing a mechanical unloader, it was apparent that Siwertell was the best fit for our needs.”

Also, Ingram added: “We especially liked the high rate of unloading combined with the versatility to handle various ship sizes.”

The unloader is currently being built and will be delivered fully-assembled by heavy-lift ship to the port. Siwertell will supervise its commissioning and the unit is expected into operation in June-August 2019.

Siwertell says that its ship unloaders and loaders are “based on a unique screw conveyor technology, in combination with belt conveyors and aeroslides, and they can handle virtually any dry bulk cargo, such as alumina, biomass, cement, coal, fertilizers, grain and sulphur.”

Siwertell’s product portfolio includes ship unloaders, road-mobile unloaders, port-mobile unloaders, ship loaders, conveying systems and complete bulk terminal solutions, all of which are designed to ensure environmentally-friendly and efficient cargo operations.

Siwertell is part of Bruks Siwertell Group: http://www.siwertell.com

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