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Digital Re-print January | February 2013

Efficient barge unloading technology for grain handling on inland waterways


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Efficient barge unloading technology for grain handling on inland waterways

by Sandro Suppa, sales manager, terminals and Vincent van der Wijk, product manager Bargolink, Bhler, Switzerland

ransporting grain by barge is an ecological and cost-efficient alternative to railway and truck haulage. Bhlers low-maintenance Bargolink unloading system makes this mode of transport even more competitive. Since time immemorial, ships have been used to deliver bulk goods over long distances, using the river current as a natural force to carry them downstream or yoking draft animals for upstream transport. Although trucks and trains have taken up a large part of this task in the modern age, barges are still a viable alternative for many goods. A barge carrying one ton of cargo can travel five times as far on five liters of diesel as a truck with the same freight 500 km compared to the trucks 100 km of range overland. A ship carrying 3,000 tons of goods is equivalent to 50 railway cars or 100 trucks. Another plus is the ability to use an existing network of rivers, canals, and locks, which decongests the overland highway
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system. Continental Europe is crisscrossed by waterways. From the gateway ports on the English Channel and along the northern Mediterranean, grain is distributed to the inland markets of Western and Central Europe by barges. The Bargolink serves the needs of customers all along this system of waterways mainly grain handlers and processors whose business model depends on short berthing times and reliable highvolume unloading capacities.

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Bhler has developed its Bargolink to unload barges of up to 5,000 DWT at capacities of 150 to 300 tons per hour. Here is how it works: a marine leg is positioned amidships in the material to be unloaded, where the marine leg moves through the product. To improve the feeding of the unloader, the marine leg is equipped with a fixed mounted feeding screw (hinged in order to equalise the inclination of the vessel) which digs into the grain in the ships

hold and lifts it up onto a horizontal chain conveyor that carries the cargo to the ports storage units. These state-of-the-art ship unloaders are available as mobile or stationary versions. The stationary unit is fixed on the pier and the barge is automatically towed by winches, taking the role of moving the barge for continuous unloading. The mobile version on rails is equipped with a travelling gear, so the barge can stay fixed at the pier. As a result, the Bargolink enables customised terminal plants according to specific requirements, taking into account the available space for unloader and barge. The mechanical process is not only easier on the wheat, causing less wastage and defects and keeping the grain in a higher grading; it is also more cost- and energy-efficient than pneumatic unloading. Furthermore, the Bargolink is less susceptible to breakdowns. A pneumatic systems fan is easily degraded by the fine particles it conveys; the Bargolinks mechanical process
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Success comes with the original product. Quality always pays off. Bhler is setting standards in the grain processing industry for more than 150 years. Whether you grind wheat, corn, rye, oat, buckwheat, soy, or malt grain our processes and equipment are finely tuned to get the most from your grain. And this kind of process quality quickly pays off. The highest flour yields and best product quality ensure fast return on investment. www.buhlergroup.com

Bhler AG, Grain Milling, 9240 Uzwil, Switzerland, T + 41 71 955 11 11, F + 41 71 955 66 11 milling@buhlergroup.com, www.buhlergroup.com

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FEATURE means longer uptime, lower operating costs, less expenses on maintenance and spares, and half the energy usage. This makes the whole unloading process more economical and environmentally sustainable, especially considering the added demurrage costs to vessels if a pneumatic system breaks down. Lastly, the Bargolink operates at lower noise levels and does not generate lower frequencies than pneumatic systems whose loud droning and changing volumes may constitute a health hazard. Already three customers in China, Croatia and France have been convinced that they can benefit from Bhlers Bargolink. Altogether, Bhlers Bargolink offers an investment-friendly, highly flexible and efficient solution for unloading systems used for inland water transportation in the genuine Buhler manufacturing quality combined with best in class components.

More InforMatIon: Bhler GmbH Grain Logistics, CH-9240, Uzwil, Switzerland


Tel: +41 719 551111 Fax: +41 719 553949 Email: grain-logistics@buhlergroup.com Website: www.buhlergroup.com

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