A worthwhile investment
Southern Star Shipping operates two Siwertell ship
unloaders at Apapa Port in Lagos, Nigeria. The first was
delivered in 2001, initially for handling cement, fertiliser
and wheat. The second was delivered in 2007.
The New York-based
company chose Siwertell because
of its positive experience of
Siwertell cement unloaders in the
Nikos Fragkakis, says Southern Star was impressed by Siwertell’s
efficiency, strong environmental performance and low maintenance
costs. Despite the slightly higher capital cost, these qualities made
the additional investment well worthwhile.
Excellent 'through-ship' performance
Each unloader operates for around 4,000 hours per annum.
The unloaders on berths one and two handle 1.2 million metric tons
and 1.8 million metric tons respectively. Mr Fragkakis says the
unloaders have excellent ‘through the ship’ performance. Despite
the extreme operating environment, he reports trouble-free
Southern Star Shipping looks after its
investments well, carrying out regular maintenance
in line with the operations manual. Wear parts are
replaced as necessary and a number of upgrades have
been made. When the vertical conveyor frequency
converter failed, Siwertell responded immediately, sending spare
parts and providing directions over the telephone.
Mr Fragkakis says the excellent working relationship with Siwertell
personnel soon turned into friendship.