Sea Transport Solutions (STS) had been engaged to provide the whole feasibility study including scheduling, manning and procedure systems for both the McArthur River Mine (Bing Bong, NT) and Century Zinc Mine (Karumba, QLD) transhipment operations. STS designed the vessels to suit the unique operations and in doing so, created the world’s first Bucketwheel Transhippers.
The vessel concepts and detailed construction designs, including the port geometry and berth layouts of each operation had been developed by STS. Each were set up to allow easy and faster maneuvering, as well as easy maintenance access onto the vessels. Sea Transport Solutions supplied the original crewing & management for the operations.
“The port is taken to the product, instead of the product being taken to the port.”
PORT OF BING BONG,
McArthur River Mine
STS were engaged to provide a solution to a new export project of Lead-Zinc Concentrate in the Northern Territory, Australia. The solution required a shallow transhipper vessel to minimize dredging, as well as high manoeuvrability characteristics for reduce turn around time in the port and at the export ship.
Lead Zinc Concentrate is comparatively harder to work with compared to other commodities, due to its high toxic and corrosive properties as well as very high angles of repose because of its ‘sticky’ nature. This required a re-think of the conventional gravity fed transhippers, which would not work for such a product, so instead STS used the ‘miners tool of choice’ and installed a positive displacement reclaimer system – bucketwheel. The shallow draft, 80m LOA, 3300DWT “MV Aburri” was also designed to be self-loading which meant she required a very simple fixed loading boom on the shoreside and no vessel warping required. STS also designed and installed hydraulic grabs to eliminate the needs for mooring lines to secure the vessel alongside the berth, this also reduced the need for shore crew and costs.
McArthur River Mining Pty Ltd (MRM) began exporting Lead Zinc Concentrate through its port of Bing Bong, Northern Territory in 1995. The Lead Zinc Concentrate is transported from the mine to the port of Bing Bong loading facility by road. From there it is loaded onto the STS Transhipper and transported to waiting Panamax ships at sea in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
KARUMBA, NORTH QUEENSLAND
LUCKY BAY SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Bold Export Port Alternative
- Small common user export facility (CUEF) – no major dredging, small capex mini port solution.
- Environmental award winning designs, proven shallow water transshipment vessels.
Australia’s first CUEF mini port example is being completed at Lucky Bay in South Australia.
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