Course date

10 - 11 March 2020

12 March 2020 Optional practical session in the on-site laboratories

Course fees

£1200 per delegate for 2 days / £1100 ABTO members

£1600 per delegate for 3 days / £1500 ABTO members

Course overview

This course is being delivered in association with ABTO: Association of Bulk Terminal Operators. 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 2 or 3 day course mixing practical demonstrations with theory elements. Time will be spent in the on-site pilot plant  working 'hands-on' with cargo characterisation testing.

Practical Session

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 throughputs, 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.

Venue

The course will be held at the University of Greenwich Medway campus, Chatham Maritime, Kent.

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.

Also contributing will be Richard Farnish, Consultant Engineer, who has nearly twenty years' experience in commercial design work related to materials handling, specialising in metering powders and Dr Rob Berry, a Research Fellow with over ten years' experience in bulk solids handling technology.

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 covers all course notes, refreshments and a meal on the evening of the first day.

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.