Some of the interesting features of FCT are:
- advantages of FCTs
- can be easily berthed in harbours and can be operated without any shore based buildings or facilities.
- can be chartered for a short period of time, to handle temporary peak cement demand.
- can receive cement from ships carrying cement and with integrated packers, both bulk and bagged cement can be loaded directly to trucks or rail wagons for further distribution.
- can be self propelled or non self propelled floating terminals.
- some of the countries operating FCT are: Nigeria, Libya.
- BUA Cement 1 Terminal, Nigeria.
- designed specifically for bulk and bag unloading for BUA International Limited.
- in operation from September 2008.
- the vessel is 200 metres long and has a storage capacity of 40,000 metric tonnes.
- the vessel is equipped with a Siwertel ship unloader capable of receiving cement at a rate of 800 metric tonnes per hour from incoming cement ships.
- is capable of bagging with four packers with each packer capable of packing 120 metric tonnes per hour.
- the floating terminal has an overall daily capacity to park and discharge 11,520 metric tonnes of high quality BUA cement in 50 kilogram bags.
- Misurata Floating Cement Terminal.
- operates in Misurata harbour, Libya from February 2008.
- is a barge equipped with 16,000 metric tons capacity.
- can supply as much as 4,000 tons of cement per day.
- facilities include two bag-packing machines, three lorry loading conveyors to unload 50 kg bags directly into trucks on quay and equipment to load bulk cement directly into 30 to 60 tons bulker trucks.
- now Sri Lanka is also planning to have such terminals in Colombo and Galle harbours.
For more information
- on cement carriers and marine terminals, log on to IBAU Hamburg.
- on self and non self propelling floating cement terminals, log on to SeaBulk Shipping S.A.
- on BUA Cement 1 Terminal, log on to NOM (UK).
- log on to Misurata Floating Cement Terminal.
Above illustration of Floating Cement Terminal is from IBAU Hamburg and the photograph of barge as FCT is from Misurata Cement.
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