Course dates

This course will be delivered via skype over 5 sessions. All sessions are required to be attended to complete the course. Each session begins at 12pm UK time.

Thurs 28 May: Introduction (45 mins) and Cargo characterisation (75 mins)

Fri 29 May: Ship unloading (90 mins) and Shore side transport (75 mins)

Tues 2 June: Storage and Discharge (105 mins) and Wear (30 mins)

Weds 3 June: Rail Interfaces (75 mins), Cargo Quality (90 mins)

Thurs 4 June: Safety issues (120 mins) and Autonomous Vehicles (30 mins)

Course fees

Skype delivery: £1050 / £950 ABTO members. Discounts still apply.

Course overview

This course is being delivered in association with ABTO: Association of Bulk Terminal Operators and is supported by the IMechE. It has been designed to take a look at the issues surrounding the safe handling and storage of bulk materials in ports and on the sea. It is designed to be interactive so delegates are given the chance to discuss real life issues and to determine best practice for future developments.

Format

A  course over several sessions mixing practical and theory elements. Discussion on relevant subject areas between delegates and presenter is welcomed

Practical Session - not available by skype

One of the major issues in  Bulk Materials Handling at port is the characteristics of the cargo as it affects the suitability of the machinery, the sizes and through-puts, safety hazards, dust emissions and also the susceptibility of the cargo to damage in handling.

Generally, when a shipment is contracted, the paperwork is signed without considering these details. However, if handlers are dealing with a range of different cargoes, or the same cargo but from  different sources, it is important to understand how their characteristics might  change and how this might affect operations.

Therefore, the focus of the practical session will be to take samples of different cargos and to measure their characteristics, and to see the changes and the implications from the Ports operation perspective.

Subjects covered

  • Ship unloading technologies (Grabs vs CSUs, different CSU technologies)
  • Conveying technologies (pneumatic vs belt)
  • Storage and discharge technologies (silos, flat stores, stacking etc)
  • Loading/unloading control (weighing, controlling ship bending etc)
  • Rail and road outloading equipment and control
  • Explosion and fire risks and management (ATEX, fire control and management)
  • Mobile plant and safety
  • Developments in automation and autonomous vehicles
  • Dust control and environmental protection
  • Controlling cargo damage (particle degradation, spoilage, water damage etc)
  • Wear protection and maintenance
  • Cargo characterisation for handleability and other issues

Is it for me?

Stevedores, Operations supervisors, Port managers, Ships Masters, Port developers, Cargo superintendents, Equipment suppliers, Design consultants are all recommended to attend to gain an understanding of the reasons for the varied behaviour of powders and particulate materials as they travel across the seas or are stored and transported from ports.

Course team

The course leader is Mike Bradley, Professor of Bulk and Particulate Technologies and Director of The Wolfson Centre. He has worked internationally on design and troubleshooting for bulk solids handling as a commercial consultant and research expert for over twenty years.

Please note that The Wolfson Centre reserves the right to substitute leaders of equal quality should this be dictated by circumstances beyond their control.

Registration

Book your place and pay by invoice

Book your place and pay by debit/credit card via the online store

The course fee includes an electronic copy of the presentations.

All applicants will be acknowledged and confirmed. See here for discounts available and cancellation charges.

Note: It's important to make sure that there is time available to deal with delegates' specific issues. As a result, numbers are strictly limited and we recommend early registration.

In-Company course

This course can be delivered as an In-Company course with a limited hands-on element. These courses are proving to be a popular option for companies who have a number of personnel who would benefit from education in the subject area, for 3 main reasons:

  1. Cost: It is more economic for us to bring the course to you, than for you to send several staff out to us;
  2. Relevance: We can tailor the course programme to suit the operations you have in your plant, hence reducing the amount of material which is not directly relevant;
  3. Convenience: We can run the course when it suits you, even over several separate days rather than in a block if it is better for you.

If you are interested in discussing your requirements, please contact us.