Cement Loading and Discharge Operation

Adelaide to Melbourne, Australia

Case study

  • During loading, the shoreside manifold is connected to the ship’s pneumatic system using flexible hoses to transfer the cement from the storage silos to the ship’s cargo holds. 
  • For the discharge, a pneumatic system uses compressed air to discharge the cargo from the ship’s holds.
  • The holds are pressurized with air to loosen the cargo and create a “fluidized” state, where the cargo behaves like a liquid.
  • The cargo is then sucked up into a series of pipelines using a vacuum created by a large compressor.
  • The pipelines transport the cargo to the shoreside silo shore, where it can be stored or loaded onto trucks or other transport vehicles.