There is no better example of the versatility of a DSI Snake than Australia’s first DSI Snake Sandwich High-Angle Shiploader at the Port of Adelaide on Australia’s southern coast.
Australia’s first Snake Shiploader elevates a variety of high value ores from trucks to ship. Conventional conveyors would not have fit the limited dock space which required a smaller footprint. Dos Santos International, being the world’s foremost authority on high angle conveying was able to fit the space easily by being able to elevate at a 50 degree angle. If fitting the space wasn’t enough, DSI went a step above and created a mobile shiploader to elevate the materials with ease.
Materials for export are trucked to the dock and dumped onto a special trap loader type feeder. The ore is fed continuously and uniformly onto the mobile snake’s receiving chute. The Snake Ship Loader elevates the bulk over the ship’s deck to the hatch where it is discharged into the ship’s hold. At the Snake’s discharge, a special telescoping chute, with rotating, pivoting spoon, facilitates even and complete filling of the holds. The mobile Snake is carried on a tripod of twin motorized rubber tires. Each set of twin tires is mounted at a vertical kingpin and can rotate 360 degrees about the vertical axis. Thus, without repositioning, the Snake can set up to travel in any direction. With the tail tires fixed, the front tires can be oriented and traveled for a slewing motion.
This first DSI Snake Ship Loader for Australia has set the pace for many more high volume high-angle installations at materials handling docks and yards throughout the world.