Port and Terminal Operations for Bulk Cargoes

Port and Terminal Operations for Bulk Cargoes

Course overview

This course is being delivered in association with ABTO: Association of Bulk Terminal Operators and is supported by the IMechE. It has been designed to take a look at the issues surrounding the safe handling and storage of bulk materials in ports and on the sea. It is designed to be interactive so delegates are given the chance to discuss real life issues and to determine best practice for future developments.


A  course mixing practical and theory elements. Discussion on relevant subject areas between delegates and presenter is welcomed

Subjects covered

  • Ship unloading technologies (Grabs vs CSUs, different CSU technologies)
  • Conveying technologies (pneumatic vs belt)
  • Storage and discharge technologies (silos, flat stores, stacking etc)
  • Loading/unloading control (weighing, controlling ship bending etc)
  • Rail and road outloading equipment and control
  • Explosion and fire risks and management (ATEX, fire control and management)
  • Mobile plant and safety
  • Developments in automation and autonomous vehicles
  • Dust control and environmental protection
  • Controlling cargo damage (particle degradation, spoilage, water damage etc)
  • Wear protection and maintenance
  • Cargo characterisation for handleability and other issues

Course Dates

The course will run on line over 4 sessions; each session will start at 09:00 hrs UK time; all sessions need to be attended to complete the course.

  • Day 1: Introduction (45 mins), Cargo characterisation (75 mins) and Ship unloading (90 mins)
  • Day 2: Shore side transport (75 mins), Storage and Discharge (105 mins) and Wear (30 mins)
  • Day 3: Rail Interfaces (75 mins), Cargo Quality (90 mins)
  • Day 4: Safety issues (120 mins) and Autonomous Vehicles (30 mins)

Each day provides the opportunity to discuss operational issues with the presenters and other delegates.

Course Fee

£950 per delegate / £855 for ABTO members. Discounts are available for group bookings and returning delegates.


If you are interested in attending, please register and pay via the online store

Is it for me?

Stevedores, Operations supervisors, Port managers, Ships Masters, Port developers, Cargo superintendents, Equipment suppliers, Design consultants are all recommended to attend to gain an understanding of the reasons for the varied behaviour of powders and particulate materials as they travel across the seas or are stored and transported from ports.

14 mrt 2022 - 17 mrt 2022

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