Mining-specific container a first

SCF Group says its new container designed with a removable lid to work with Port Adelaide's Rotainer system is an Australian first

Mining-specific container a first
Mining-specific container a first

December 12, 2011

Container manufacturer SCF Group says its new container designed with a removable lid to work with the new Rotainer system is an Australian first

Tailor-made for Hillgrove Resources Limited, the container will be used to transport copper concentrate from the Kanmantoo Copper Mine to an inner harbour facility at Port Adelaide where Flinders Ports will unload them using its newly developed Rotainer spreader system.

In the Rotainer system, recently installed for the handling of bulk iron ore at Port Adelaide, open top containers are lifted into the hold and rotated in a vertical plane to dump their load.

The empty container is then returned to the dockside for removal.

In SCF’s case, the container
will be
fully loaded on the wharf with the lid firmly in position when the tippler system lifts the unit into the hull of the ship.

"The lid will then be removed and the container rotated 360 degrees, before the lid is placed back on the unit," says SCF Group CEO Richard Sykes.

"The unit’s design also reduces the environmental impact of the copper concentrate as the lid is on the container at all times except when being unloaded inside the ship’s hull."

Dust suppressors are also in place to ensure there is no contamination.

Manufactured and delivered within a 90 day time frame instead of the standard six months, SCF Group’s 450 environmentally friendly containers designed for Hillgrove are 20 foot half height open top units.

"Anti-corrosion non-stick paint means sticky products like copper concentrate can easily be handled," Sykes says.

"The internal hopper of the container has also been designed to reduce product hang up by using a five degree slope with no sharp corners or cross members."

Established in 1991, the SCF Group is a pioneering leader in logistics, storage and container solutions, which encompasses four divisions; Rail Containers, Tank Containers, Simply Containers and Container Rooms.

These brands cater for rail, hazardous liquid transport, small business storage and accommodation.

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