1. Ship Loaders

Ship Loaders

Ship loaders are employed in all applications where medium to high flow rates are to be loaded continuously.

Ship Loaders Catering to Various Capacities and Vessel Sizes

TAKRAF ship loaders can be employed across a wide-variety of applications, although they are particularly suited to applications requiring medium to high flow and continuous vessel loading. Our loading systems are able to cover a wide-range of flow rates and/or vessel sizes and our typical systems cover the following sizes:

  • Loading capacity: 1,000 t/h to 20,000 t/h
  • Vessel size: 5,000 DWT to 350,000 DWT


Systems specifically designed to your unique requirements

Our systems are all specifically designed to our client's requirements and incorporate various solutions according to their specific application, including actual site conditions and the minimizing of environmental impact. As a result, no loader is the same and each is specifically designed for purpose. Specific requirements often include:

  • Port design
  • Material characteristics
  • Loading capacity
  • Vessel type
  • Local laws and regulations
  • Budgetary
  • Environmental requirements


Various options and features can be included

According to our client's requirements our machines thus include radial or linear-type variants with rotating, raising and lowering and shuttle booms and can be delivered as either mobile or fixed. In addition, our ship loaders can be equipped with a variety of different loading chutes depending on specific applications, customer requirements and required environmental compliance.

Rail-mounted mobility

Our mobile ship loaders include a tripper car supplying material to be conveyed which is generally located either between the rails or beyond the landside running rail of the ship loader. Depending on specific customer and environmental requirements, we are able to shield the tripper car and pier conveyor belt from the external environment with an enclosed pier bridge.



Fixed Ship Loader Arrangements

For piers with unilateral berthing and vessels with predominantly upright loading hatches, a non-rotating ship loader with a shuttle boom is employed. In this instance, the tripper car is installed on a separate pier bridge beyond the landside running rail of the ship loader and runs on independent rails.


Swivelling Function

For applications in which vessels are loaded on a finger pier with double-sided berthing, we are able to equip our ship loaders with a swivelling function. In this instance, the tripper car and pier conveyor belt are located between the rails of the ship loader, with the advantage that the ship loader and tripper car can all run on one rail.


Stationary Ship Loading Solutions

Stationary ship loaders are generally employed in instances where environmentally hazardous material is to be loaded. A significant advantage of these machines is the excellent encapsulation of the feed route so that there is virtually no release of material into the environment. The drawback of these machines is that, in many instances, the vessel must be moved, either forward or back, for the purposes of loading into a different hatch.

Catering to Your Specific Ship Loading Needs

Further to the above typical examples, we are able to provide a wide-range of unique or special loaders and/or configurations. An appropriate representation of our ability and competence to deliver such items is the TAKRAF quadrant ship loader.


Quadrant ship loader

The quadrant ship loader is based upon a pivot point on a centrally located stationary point and employs a rail travelling mechanism on a circular or linear rail on the seaside. The stationary pivot point has the added advantage of guaranteeing an optimal enclosure of the feed route. Additional support on the seaside rail makes it possible to install long boom lengths, so that, in many instances, shifting of the vessel during loading is minimized or even entirely eliminated. Often, two quadrant ship loaders are positioned in a side-by-side arrangement, so that even large ships can be fully loaded without shifting.

Automation and Remote Control Capabilities

Our machines are generally operated manually, however they are assisted by a variety of various systems including the automatic shutdown of a specific loading sequence or the automatic tracking of the telescopic slide on the fill level within the vessel's hatch. We are also able to equip our machines with a remote control facility that enables the operator to operate the machine directly from the hatches of the vessel so that they are able to maneuver into hatch corners and ensure complete loading of all material.


Integrated Port Facilities and Systems

TAKRAF’s port solutions are employed throughout the world. Boasting high technical standards and state-of-the-art designs, our systems satisfy the toughest demands faced by modern ports.

TAKRAF’s product range includes:

  • Ship to shore handling facilities employing grab and/or continuous unloading machines
  • Various equipment for the continuous handling, storage and reclaiming of material from various areas including conveyors, stackers, reclaimers, etc.
  • Shore to ship handling facilities employing ship loading machines
  • Value for Money

    Value for Money

    • Depending on requirements, our machines include radial or linear-type variants with rotating, raising and lowering vibrating booms, and can be supplied as either mobile or fixed
  • Efficiency


    • We design, fabricate and supply a wide-range of ship loading machines ranging from 1,000 t/h to 20,000 t/h and catering to vessels ranging from 5,000 DWT to 350,000 DWT
  • Environment


    • Due to the enclosed nature of fixed-type loaders, they significantly reduce the environmental footprint, specifically dust emissions
  • Digitalization


    • Our machines are operated manually, however they are supplemented by various systems. In many instances, we equip our machines with a remote control facility which enables the operator to manoeuvre the loading equipment directly from the hatches of the vessel into the hatch corners

Download Bulk Material Handling Brochure


  • Customer
    Project name
    SUEK Russia
    Coal terminal Wanino

    Ship loader for coal

    This machine is part of a complex stockyard system delivered completely by TAKRAF. It is designed for very low temperatures from -42 °C up to +39 °C.

    Project figures

    28.6 m
    48.7 m
    3,500 t/h
    12 m
  • Customer
    Project name
    Port of Richards Bay

    Ship loader with discharge chutes for different materials

    This ship loader is luffable via winch and equipped with a shuttle. It is possible to use 3 interchangeable discharge chutes for different materials. The stockyard conveyor system is completely covered with automatic opening when the ship loader moves on quay.

    Project figures

    29.25 m
    47.1 m
    3,500 t/h
    21 m
  • Customer
    Project name
    Sandwell Engineering Inc., Vancouver
    Puerto Huarmey, Antamina

    Ship loader for copper and zinc concentrate

    This ship loader is of radial type. The boom can be lifted and slewed. The boom can be extended with a shuttle. To protect the environment the ship loader has a dust suppression system.

    Project figures

    copper concentrate, zinc concentrate
    30 m
    51 m
    1,600 t/h

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