Ship Unloaders

We supply high-capacity ship unloaders for dust-free unloading of barges and big ships, with capacities of up to 800 tons per hour. Our ship unloaders can be stationary installations, barge mounted, dock mobile or gantry mounted. Van Aalst Bulk Handling advises and designs the best solution for your specific situation. All installations are made to measure.

The unique features of our pneumatic ship unloaders:

  • Dust free unloading due to enclosed system
  • Unloading and discharging in one system – ship to storage
  • Low system wear by using pneumatic instead of mechanical means of transport (no moving parts)
  • Not susceptible to blocking by foreign matter compared to mechanical unloading systems

Dust free unloading

Van Aalst Bulk Handling Ship Unloaders are a hallmark for reliable and dust free ship unloading, from start to finish. From picking up the product in the ships hold till discharge at the storage facility the entire unloading process is enclosed, ensuring dust free operation.

Reliable performance

Our pneumatic ship unloaders use air to convey the product which requires few moving parts that come in contact with the product, resulting in low system wear. Contamination in the product is prevented from entering the system by using a protective screen at the suction nozzle, eliminating down-time due to blockages. Low wear and no down-time make Van Aalst’s pneumatic ship unloaders unmatched in terms of reliability and performance.

Your needs – our solution

Whatever your needs and local situation are, Van Aalst Bulk Handling can offer you the most suitable solution. Our pneumatic ship unloaders can be supplied in many different configurations, each having their own unique benefits. Van Aalst delivers it all.

ConfigurationBenefitsWhen to use
Stationary ship unloaderCost effective solution as no propulsion system is requiredLimited space available on dock
Barges and ships can easily move alongside the dock
Dock mobile ship unloaderShip unloader is free to move around the dock area and can be stored at a convenient location
Convey pipeline can be laid underneath the dock surface or removable piping sections can be used to keep the dock area free for other operations
Shared dock space
Dock must remain free of obstacles such as rails or conveyor belts
Gantry mounted ship unloaderIdeal for dedicated operations with available shore power
In case of existing rails, make use of existing infrastructure, saving investment costs
Dedicated jetty
Existing rails
Barge mounted ship unloaderBarge moves with the tide, minimizing required length of suction arm
Barge mounted ship unloader can be towed to multiple terminals for unloading operations
Large tidal differences
Multiple terminals with unloading operations
Road mobile ship unloaderRoad legal, can be easily transported to various ports and terminalsOne unloader to service multiple ports and terminals for unloading barges and ships up to 5.000 dwt


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