Self-Unloaders 101: New CSL Video Explains How Self-Unloading Ships Work

Apr 13


Gravity-fed self-unloaders are highly specialized vessels that can quickly and efficiently discharge dry bulk cargo without the assistance of shore-side equipment or personnel.

In a recently released video, CSL demonstrates how these vessels use gravity to release cargo onto conveyor belts through gates located at the bottom of the vessel’s cargo holds. The cargo is then transported to an elevating system, lifted above deck level, transferred onto a discharge boom conveyor and offloaded via a discharge boom. 

The rapid discharging rate of self-unloaders and their reduced infrastructure and labour requirements make this bulk cargo handling option an effective and competitive solution that helps keep costs down and minimize environmental impacts.

How does a self-unloading ship work?