New unloader offloads inside the Arctic Circle

GLOMFJORD, Norway: July 08, 2019. Bruks Siwertell has completed the installation of a new 600 tons-per-hour ship unloader at Yara International’s Norwegian fertilizer terminal in Glomfjord; five kilometers inside the Arctic Circle and subject to some of the world’s toughest environmental regulations.

Bruks Siwertell designs, produces and delivers systems for loading, unloading, conveying, storing, and stacking and reclaiming dry bulk materials, alongside equipment for chipping, screening, milling and processing wood for the biofuel, board, saw mill, pulp and paper industries.

Delivered from the company’s Southern European production facility and transported fully-assembled via heavy lift ship, the Siwertell ST-490M ship unloader is already being used to offload various types of rock phosphate from vessels of up to 20,000 dwt.

The Glomfjord site is subject to prevailing high winds, very cold temperatures and stringent environmental legislation by virtue of being within the Arctic Circle.

Yara’s production plant, the world’s northernmost fertilizer facility, has its own harbour and four production units for unloading ammonia, as well as storage, packaging and dispatch systems for fertilizer products.

“In a country that leads the world in environmental legislation, it is little wonder that Yara took the future-proof step of making Siwertell screw-type ship unloaders its equipment of choice – especially for handling sensitive dry bulk material like phosphates,” noted Peter Goransson, Siwertell Sales manager and Senior advisor.

“The unloader was not only chosen for its ability to safely handle these materials, and for its environmental credentials, which include high levels of efficiency, and a totally-enclosed conveyor system, eliminating dust emissions and spillage,” he added.