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     elgium-based Vigan Engineering       are customised according to customers’       friendly (no dust with a totally enclosed
     S.A. is more than a ship             needs with many accessories available;       conveying, no noise, no material deg-
     loaders/unloaders manufactur-        they are adaptable to a lot of different     radation as it is gently conveyed by a
er, but a global solution provider        working conditions. Capacity ranges          Twin-belt system).
for port development, and especial-       from 100 to 250 tons/hour.                       Vigan mechanical loaders are
ly   for    grain   handling.                 The advantages of the NIV pneu-          designed for almost any kind of product
                                          matic continuous ship unloaders include      in bulk with a density from 0.2 to 0.8,
   From initial project definition up     very little manpower (just a single          they are suitable for all sizes of barges
to commissioning, Vigan is able to        operator is needed); its hold cleaning       or vessels. Dust control devices and
deliver turnkey terminals including a     efficiency; its capacity variability (from   optional features are available.
wide range of equipment and auxiliary     160 to 800 tons/hour); and its easy and
devices thanks to its network of busi-    low-cost maintenance.                        Port equipment
ness partners.                                The mechanical ‘SIMPORTER’ is par-          The diversity of Vigan’s range of
                                          ticularly adapted for vessels up to Post-    equipment is a key-asset to propose the
Handling technologies                     Panamax size and very high-capacity          best adequate solution to any project
   Vigan masters both pneumatic and       requirements of up to 1,500 tons/hour.       requirements, whether pneumatic or
mechanical technologies with a wide       It has the lowest energy consumption         mechanical is preferred, or even a com-
range of machines. Its mobile and port-   rate per unloaded ton (0.2-0.45 kWh/         bination of both.
able pneumatic machines (grain pumps)     ton) and is even more environment-              Continuous ship (or barges) unload-

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ers have particularly proven their suit-     • In 2006, SDTV grain and fertilizer       • The dry bulk terminal at Muuga
ability for unloading products such as all     terminals in Djibouti were equipped        Port, Estonia, with fertilizer handling
types of cereals, oilseeds, raw material       by Vigan with two continuous ship          and storage facilities including a rail
for animal feeding and other free-flowing      unloaders (CSU), a mobile harbour          unloading station, belt conveyors and
products. While it is a rather younger         crane, conveyors, stationary and           dome storage silos, recently choose
and more complex technology com-               mobile bagging stations, flat storage,     again Vigan’s UK subsidiary AS-C
pared to grabs and conveyors, their            two mobile portable machines. Last         Projects Limited based in Stockport,
number is continuously increasing world-       summer the terminal ordered three          England to carry out the third phase
wide due to their environmental assets         additional mobile bagging lines.           of expansion to their terminal. This
- minimisation of product spillage, dust     • The French port of Sète inaugurated        includes three new dome storage silos
and noise pollution - and their overall        its grain terminal extension in            (total additional storage of 27,400
profitability key advantages - more con-       August 2012, for which, Vigan              tonnes) plus associated intake and
stant unloading rate, shorter unloading        provided one mechanical ship loader        outloading belt conveyor systems.
time, most efficient hold clean-up, and        with bucket elevator (capacity 800         Completion is scheduled for June
less manpower needed for example.              tonnes/hour) for vessels up to             2013.
   Moreover, the major advantage               25,000 DWT and one pneumatic
shouldn’t be forgotten: the operators’         CSU (capacity 400 tonnes/hour) for
                                                                                            More InforMatIon:
safety which is maximum with CSUs.             barges and coaster vessels up to
   Recent achievements include:                5,000 DWT.                                   Website:

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Description: Belgium-based Vigan Engineering S.A. is more than a ship loaders/unloaders manufacturer, but a global solution provider for port development, and especially for grain handling.