January 20, 2016

20/01/2016: Processing and throughput evolved: Bakhresa port grain depot

by Tim Hartford Cross, International Project Manager and Connor Thompson, Design Draftsman, Griffith Elder

First published in Milling and Grain, October 2015  

A bulk wheat cargo vessel carrying hundreds of thousands of tonnes of grain from Russia reaches its destination at the Dar Es Salaam port. Some 500 metres away, the Bakhresa grain-handling site prepares for the large wheat intake. The new facility at Kurasini has been operational for some months now and consists of five silos, totaling 60000 Tonnes capacity. With only three days to offload the grain from the vessel, the peak flow rate of 1200 Tonnes per hour must be consistently reached.
This speed of offloading is achieved using four side-by-side Griffith Elder Weighbridges, each with separate intake lanes. Bakhresa’s site has a fleet of 40 brand new wheat trucks designed for this exact purpose. Each truck has a capacity of around 25 tonnes and can complete the entire weighing and offloading process in only five minutes. The loading and unloading of each vehicle is done on the weighbridge to save time.

As the trucks arrive at the weighbridge, the drivers present a preprogrammed RFID tag to identify themselves. Each tag contains the details of the shipment, including contract number, type of goods and many other bespoke details. These details are stored as a ticket within the Ton Tel software along with the fully loaded weight of the vehicle.

Read the full article in Milling and Grain HERE.    

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