Stephens-Adamson Wins Ship Unloading System Orders Worth $12 Million

Orders for self-unloading systems to be installed on six seagoing bulk cargo carriers have been announced by the Stephens-Adamson Canadian Division of Allis- Chalmers Solids Process Equipment Company.

The value of these orders exceeds $12 million Canadian ($10 million U.S.). They come from shipbuilders in Norway, Japan and Korea, for customers who will use the ships to transport coal and other bulk commodities.

All of the systems include the Loop Belt elevator developed and built initially by Stephens-Adamson Canada for self-unloading ships operating on the Great Lakes.

Loop Belt elevators incorporate two belts which utilize a "sandwich sandwich" principle in order to lift the material from under the hold to above deck at very high discharge rates. Ships can be completely unloaded within hours instead of days normally required with conventional unloading equipment.

The largest of the new orders is for four systems to be installed during 1984-85 in ships being built in Norway and Japan for Kristian Jebsens Rederi of Bergen, Norway. Another new order is for a 15,000-dwt pusher barge for discharging coal along the coast of South Korea for Hanjin Transportation.

The most recent of these new orders is for a Stephens-Adamson system for a 9,200-dwt selfunloader for the Indonesian shipowner P.T. Pann.

Stephens-Adamson spokesmen said the parade of new orders reflects how shipowners, operators and cargo owners throughout the world are recognizing the economies offered by the gravity type selfunloader.

A top benefit is the fast turnaround offered and the very substantial reduction in port facilities investment.

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