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  • Bosch Holdings
  • Bosch Holdings

Shiploader Upgrade and Modifications

CLIENT : SA Sugar Terminal

LOCATION : Durban, South Africa


Services Provided:

  • Conceptual Options Study and Estimations
  • Detail Design and Construction Supervision
  • Mechanical
  • Structural
  • Electrical
  • Control & Instrumentation

Project Scope:

Detail design and construction supervision of the modification and reconfiguration of two existing ship loaders to suit a revised wharf layout. The 850 tph shiploaders were originally designed to feed onto 35 000t Handymax vessels, but with upgrades at the port, to allow for a deeper draft the revised design allowed for the loading of 80 000t Panamax vessels



  • The upgrade consisted of partial removal of the existing legs of the structure and the installation of new bogies and an advanced 33t substructure with a 14 m wheel base between the landside and seaside legs that gave the shiploader an increased vertical lift of 1,32 m and a horizontal seaward shift of 4 m
  • A rear 4 m extension allowed for an extended feed conveyor and cable reeling drum to interface with existing equipment.
  • The replacement of two 9t ballast boxes with new 21,4t ballast boxes, to ensure there continued stability under all load and wind conditions.
  • A new Motor Control Centre (MCC) panel incorporating variable speed drives for the new bogies which was linked to the existing MCC panel; a new support platform was installed and the original timber flooring was replaced with a grating and chequer plate structure.

Project Value : R25m

Appointment Date : February 2015

Completion : July 2017