Durban Coal Terminal Company Pty Ltd T/A Bulk Connections has 3 operational berths, the deepest being 10m, excluding the 60cm under-keel allowance and tides of the day. We do experience draft restrictions however, with the use of innovative loading techniques we are able to maximise our draft restrictions and load vessels, some exceeding 60 000 tons.

Flexibility and versatility enable us to blend products, weighbridge, and allows for dust suppression if required, before or during vessel loading.

Weekly Planning and Scheduling meetings are held with vessel all agents representing their principles. Vessel planning is a tried and tested system that allows transparency and has been in operation for many years, to ensure efficient terminal optimization and utilization.

Proper planning and daily communication with vessel loading updates are communicated to customers via email as well as an SMS on completion of every shift’s performance.

Bottom Discharge Containers

Our specialized bottom discharge containers are successful and provided a great deal of flexibility to our operations. This system is capable of loading in excess of 16 000 tons per ship per day. This system is suitable for many commodities that require special handling that cannot be handled on a conveyor.

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Conveyor Belt

The conveyor system runs in excess of 1 500 tons per hour and at a rate of 30 000 tons per day for free-flowing cargoes. It can be fed from the storage area, or direct from rail wagons using straddle excavators or via our rail tipplers.

Grab Discharge

Two grab unloaders are used to discharge vessels. A double rope system allows for a 7m³ grab to cycle in under a minute on the one machine, while the second machine, the container crane, is fitted with a 25m³ hydraulic grab.

Discharge rates vary per commodity but are in excess of 6 000 tons per day on the rope driven machine and 12 000 tons per day with the hydraulic grab system.

Discharge cargo can be routed directly to rail wagons which can immediately be made up into unit trains or the cargo can be stored and railed out at a suitable time.

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Durban Coal Terminal Company Pty Ltd T/A Bulk Connections

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