We designed the innovative platform to transship up to 50,000 mt per day. It was ordered in Poland in 2001 and put into operation in Turkey in November 2002, together with two German built self-unloading barges and two Turkish-built pusher tugs.
Coal is brought in by Capesize bulk carriers, arriving from South Africa and Columbia and intended for a modern 1,300 MW power station. The platform unloads the Capesize bulk carrier two miles offshore, using 3 Liebherr MPG cranes, which transfer the coal to a barge loading chute, using hoppers and conveyor belts. The barges are loaded between the Transshipper’s twin hulls.
The tugs push the barges to a jetty at the power station, where they self-unload directly into a receiving hopper at 2,500 tph in an environmentally friendly manner.
The system overcomes the 6.0 m draft restriction at the jetty in the most economical way and saved the owners of the power station the enormous costs, time and logistics that would have been required to build a Capesize port.