Main Topics The work performed includ-ed the construction of the direct loading system, dredging of the turning basin and significant changes to the coal storage yard. For Juan Ignacio Saave-dra, Drummond’s construction manager, the great benefit of implementing the new system is eliminating the transfer of mate-rial from one vessel to another, as happened with the barge system. Currently, the system has the capacity to load one ship at a time, but two ves-sels can be moored to the pier: one on each side. “When we finish the ship loading pier, we will be able to moor four vessels and load two at a time, one with each ship loader. Today we are at 70%,” said Saavedra. According to the national government’s requirements, the direct loading system should have started on January 1, 2014, but due to the strike that took place between July and Septem-ber 2013, three months of work were missed, which kept the company from meeting the date set out and, therefore, the first loading took place on March 31st. Construction will continue during the second half of this year, when the two ship loaders are installed and operating. At that time, Puerto Drummond will have an installed capacity of 60 millions of tons per year. 6 www.drummondltd.com The STArTIng PoInT nineteen years ago, in 1995, the port began operations with the barge loading system, which was composed of conveyor belts and feeders that carried the coal from the storage yards and the loading station to the barge-loading pier. Then, the barges were taken to the ship and with marine cranes the coal was removed and then “In May 2012, we started laying the basis for the foundations (concrete slabs) for the yards, tunnels and new stackers, and the civil engineering work for the construction of the new rotary car dumpers,” Juan Ignacio Saavedra. The barge loading system had a capacity between 26 and 30 million tons per year.
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