Offshore dry bulk handling

Examples of offshore dry bulk handling activities

The offshore handling of dry bulk cargo ranges from simple floating cranes to floating transfer stations with large offshore storage. Cranes are placed on one or more pontoons and connected to a cargo handling system consisting of hoppers, conveyors and ship loaders (see left picture). The ship loaders have a large outreach and sufficient air draft to be able to deliver cargo in the holds of a large vessel, on ballast. In some cases, the transhipment equipment is placed on a ship which is anchored next to other dry bulk carriers (see right picture).