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The Cleansweaper

Up to 100,000 tonnes of ore and coal are discharged at the Hansaport every day. The terminal is nearly fully automated and even utilises space technology. A smart control system calculates the best discharging strategy, making sure that coal and ore, which have poor flow properties, will be discharged from the corners right from the beginning.

Nothing escapes the electronic eye: A highly accurate 3D laser scanner reports the exact position of the ship and its hatches as well as information regarding the cargo distribution inside the hold. The scanner is capable of detecting coal and ore at a distance of up to 100 metres. The fully automated grab unloader, equipped with an inertial guidance system inherited from space technology and a leading-edge control system, takes care of the rest.

One of the key components of the Hansaport automation systems is the ‘smart grab crane’. It uses a high performance Inertial Navigation System (INS) to control the high-speed grappler and its potential swinging and revolving action.The INS, which is attached directly to the grappler, continuously determines the grappler’s exact position during the discharging procedure. This ensures rapid discharging of the ship.