Shiploader is a large machine used for continuously loading bulk solid materials such as iron orecoalfertilizersgrains and/or material in bags onto ships or barges. These machines are located in ports and jetties to facilitate bulk material exportation. Generally shiploaders are engineered to suit specific project requirements. Those requirements often include: port design, material characteristics, loading capacity, vessel type, local law, and budgetary limitations. A shiploader mainly consists of a central column, an extendable arm or boom, a belt conveyor extending out of the boom structure, a slewing mechanism, and a loading chute to transfer product from a source conveyor or feeder. The boom can move front and back, up and down by separate drives so that it can fill the whole breadth of the ship hold and adapt to the ships increasing draught while it is loaded.

The shiploader is essential to the global shipping industry. Globalization has promoted the need for international maritime ports to be equipped with efficient and durable shiploading machinery able to a handle the great variety of materials that enter into harbors within short time frames. This need for efficiency of loading and unloading has promoted advances in shiploader technologies.  There are two main types of shiploaders, stationary and mobile.  The distinguishing element between the two is portability versus immovability.

In response to the challenges of standard shiploading choices, innovations in the industry have been created. NAR AUTOMATION have designed mobile radial telescopic shiploaders. These machines utilize the mobility of the wheel mounted mobile shiploader combined with extendable and retractable radial boom lengths to access the cargo holds. This mechanical combination promotes the reduction of movements necessary for vessel loads, thereby increasing productivity.

One of the most unique innovations to overcome the challenges in the shiploading industry has been the design of the wheel mounted, NAR Standard mobile shiploaders require substantial wharf space in which to maneuver.  Dockside real estate is expensive and limited; the NAR Shiploader utilizes a high angle material lifting technology which radically reduces wharf space required. This technology utilizes high angles combined with the Sandwich belt conveying design to hold and hug the loading material between two belts to load the ship cargo. This use of height instead of length greatly reduces the loading footprint on an already limited sized wharf.

This system also promotes industry efficiency via transfer point spillage elimination.

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