On November 6th, 2012, the transhipper CSL Whyalla dropped its Barbados flag and raised the Australian one, reports CSL Australia’s Fleet Operation Manager Sergiy Yatsenko. The vessel, which is managed by Inco Ships, is the latest addition to CSL Australia’s transhipment fleet at Arrium’s Whyalla location in South Australia.
As noted in summer 2012’s CSL World, the self-unloader CSL Whyalla (formerly the CSL Sams) was converted into a transhipper to meet the needs of CSL Australia customer Arrium Mining. That conversion is now complete and the vessel’s many changes include the addition of a transhipment boom for direct loading into Capesize vessels, dust suppression equipment, decant tanks to comply with Environmental Protection Agency requirements and self-warping, automated winches for more efficient mooring during loading operations.
The conversion has also involved upgrades to the vessel’s unloading system, such as mass flow cargo gates, allowing her to handle a range of iron ore grades and achieve transhipment rates of up to 3,000 tonnes per hour.