FAP terminal is equipped with 3 un-loading technologies for different commodities depending upon the nature and texture of each. For oilseeds, we use New Invention of Vigan, also known as NIV and Simporter both having a combined discharge rate of 1,600 tons per hour.
NIV is recognized as a more convenient solution for unloading barges compared to grabs and mechanical unloaders. It offers higher unloading rate mainly during cleaning of holds with the intake nozzle being able to suck down to deepest product particles. Its own electrical power generator provides a complete independence in relation with any external power supply.
SIMPORTER, on the hand, is a method of conveying bulk materials in an essentially vertical direction by means of a pair of conveyor belts which holds the material « sandwich fashion » between them. When being elevated and conveyed the material is in contact only with the belts, which are held together by a combination of edge seals and gentle air pressure.
Material is picked up by the feeder and then passes into the elevator leg section of the SIMPORTER.Since the material is stationary relative to the belts there is no degradation of the material as it is conveyed through the SIMPORTER from the hold of the vessel to the quayside.
All movements of the SIMPORTER may be carried out by a single operator only, seated in an enclosed air conditioned cabin located so as to provide a clear view of the ship's hold.
For the discharging of Fertilizers and Meals, Leaked Proof Grabs are used with an average size of 7-8 metric tons each, giving out a daily discharge rate of more than 7,000 metric tons.