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www.drummondltd.com 9 enter the direct loading pier, which was approved in 2013. “In May 2012, we started laying the basis for the foundations (concrete slabs) for the new yards, tunnels and stackers, and the civil engineering work for the construc-tion of the new rotary car dumpers. Previously, the port had one double and one single rotary car dumper; now we are finishing construction of a quadruple, that is, it will dump four train cars at a time, which will double our unloading capac-ity at the port,” said Saavedra. Regarding construction of the pier, in September 2012 it started on land, and in October of the same year we started to drive the pilings in the water to be able to build the pier’s walkway. The pier consists of two sec-tions: the first is similar to a viaduct and it takes the conveyor belts from land to the ship-docking pier; and the second is the part where the vessels are moored to be loaded. The first phase of construction was completed on May 31, 2013 and that same day construction of the ship-docking pier started. “The walkway, which goes from the beach to the mooring point, has a length of 1,525 meters into the sea, and from that point to the end there are 800 linear meters. This last part is currently under construction. To be able to start direct loading, we have com-pleted approximately half of that pier, that is, 400 linear meters,” said the construction manager. The ship-docking pier has two ship loaders: the first arrived on December 22, 2013, which started the direct loading, and the second arrived in May. “We did very well with the first load. Obviously we had already done tests with the entire sys-tem empty, that is, without coal. Everything was already approved, but the ultimate test is with cargo. The first week we conducted tests. Even though we’re still adjusting the system, we are already getting to the point of constant work,” concluded Juan Ignacio Saavedra. At the ship-docking pier we have two ship loaders: the first arrived on December 22, 2013, which started the direct loading, and the second arrived in May of this year.


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