Telestack-supplied mobile ship-loading/unloading system for Fehmarnbelt tunnel project
TELESTACK have recently supplied a range of mobile ship-loading/unloading equipment for one of the most prestigious and high-profile construction projects in Europe.
The Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link, which links Scandinavia and Central Europe, is a priority project for the European Commission and an important element in the green transition for the European transport sector. Construction of the tunnel began in 2020 on the Danish side, 2021 on the German side, and is due to be completed in 2029.
The multi-functionality of the equipment supplied by Telestack, which consists of an HF18 mobile hopper feeder, a TL35 link conveyor and a TB52 radial telescopic shiploader/stacker, has brought operational flexibility to this project.
‘Telestack’s mobile ship-loading/unloading equipment forms a key part in the material handling of aggregate products for construction of the Fehmarnbelt Tunnel, offering unrivalled flexibility and the ability to use the same equipment in several elements of the logistics chain,’ commented international sales manager Carl Donnelly.
‘The supply and installation contract consisted of a mobile hopper feeder, mobile link conveyor, and a 52m (170ft) radial telescopic shiploader/stacker to load and unload aggregate to vessels up to Handymax size at rates up to 1,500 tonnes/h.
‘One of the key reasons Telestack were selected for this prestigious project is our proven technology and performance within the ports industry, along with our proven track record in some of the most notable infrastructure projects across the UK and Europe, including Crossrail, Hinkley Point C and HS2.’
Fed by a wheel loader or grab, the Telestack HF18 hopper feeder incorporates a variable-speed drive on the feeder to control the flow of material and has an integrated towing hitch for site movement. In addition, the unit was fitted with an integrated belt-weighing system that allows the operator to manage and control the tonnage rate through the operation.
The TL35 link conveyor is an important part of the system, allowing the operator to transfer material deeper into the stockyard, thereby maximizing the capacity of the stacking area, minimizing the need for the wheel loader to travel between the feed discharge point and the stockpile, reducing fuel consumption, and ensuring high tonnes/h.
The multi-functional TB52 radial telescopic conveyor offers the flexibility for use in a ship loading or ship unloading capacity. An integrated tracked bogie at the rear of the unit means the TB52 can be self-propelled around the site. Other options fitted include water-fed dust-suppression spray-bars and radio remote control for all functions.
The entire ship-loading/unloading system is painted in a 250-micron marine-grade paint finish, specifically designed for operations in harsh, salty environments, demonstrating the level of customization on offer with Telestack units.
On Monday 20 November, Telestack were awarded Best Ship Loading/Unloading System – sponsored by North Sea Port – at the International Bulk Journal (IBJ) awards in London for their Fehmarnbelt Fixed Link contract with Femern A/S and Femern Link Contractors (FLC).