case study

CSL Ships, Australia

CSL Ships overcomes their challenges of inefficient manual bulk handling and waste recovery


Shipping Services

Problematic Material

Iron Ore & Other Dry Bulk Materials




CSL Australia Ltd. (CSLA) is the largest operator of dry bulk coastal vessels in Australian waters and the major supplier of shipping services to the construction and building industries. Specialising in self-unloading and pneumatic vessel solutions, CSL delivers over 7.5 million tonnes of dry bulk cargo a year, which includes cement, gypsum, clinker, coal, salt, sugar, iron ore, alumina, limestone and heavy mineral concentrate.

The Challenge

Donnacona is one of the largest transhipment shuttle vessels at CSL Ships, used for unloading bulk cargoes into vessels up to cape size.
They had the issue of manual bulk handling and iron ore spillages from onboard conveyor lines inside the transhipment



Iron ores are rocks and minerals from which metallic iron can

be economically extracted. They are the source of primary iron

for the world’s iron and steel industries





The Solution

A customised ducted vacuum solution was designed to improve material handling, systematic product recovery and efficient product
transfer back onto conveyor lines.
The system installed includes a 45kW high power blower, automatic filter cleaning, automated silo with sliding pneumatic valve and
heavy duty ducted network




The use of a centralised system is the most efficient solution for the

collection of any vacuumed material. Each system can be equipped with

the proper collection equipment making it easier to dispose of the material.

The ducting layout was custom designed to boost efficiency on the

Donnacona and minimise wastage





Long-term Benefits

  • Improved productivity
  • Systematic product recovery
  • Dramatically reduced wastage
  • Significant cost savings resulting in massive return on investment



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No matter what your application, our range of Industrial Vacuum Systems can be configured just right for you.


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