Griffin Coal Exports

 
  WAGR Chief Commissioner

Announced in todays edition of the South West Times, that Griffin coal will in February 2014 commence to export via Berth 5 at Port of Bunbury 1.25MPA of coal using the existing Collie Bunbury rail line. The coal will be transported in sealed containers from mine to port.

Will be interesting to see who operates the rail service.

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
This is good news for the region.  Griffin Coal has been in the press a bit lately for all the wrong reasons perhaps.  http://www.colliemail.com.au/story/1856634/griffin-coal-boss-sacked/  Suggests there have been some issues getting this venture up and running.

MORE layoffs are to come at Griffin Coal, following the sacking of operations manager Graham Cleggett. Executive general manager of support services Chris Godfrey said further layoffs are likely, although he said rumours a decision had been made to sack a further 15 managerial staff were false.
Somebody

and in the abc news

Griffin Coal says it is confident it can recover a multi-million dollar loss sustained over winter. It is believed the Collie-based coal miner lost around $18 million over a three month period. Earlier this year, Griffin's parent company Lanco Infratech was handed a wind-up notice by the Australian Taxation Office for failing to pay a $13 million tax debt. That tax debt has subsequently been repaid. The company's David Trench has told the ABC the company struggled over winter but is confident of recovering its loss.
ABC News
  Tiny Train Controller

Location: Kalgoorlie
Pretty sure this is the Qube Logistics job. Qube's crane and Rotabox system are already set up at Bunbury ready to go.

I believe the Rotabox system will be used by Iluka for Iron concentrate (with plans for the same at Geraldton), and I believe also there are plans to use it for Lithium as well.
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Pretty sure this is the Qube Logistics job. Qube's crane and Rotabox system are already set up at Bunbury ready to go.

I believe the Rotabox system will be used by Iluka for Iron concentrate (with plans for the same at Geraldton), and I believe also there are plans to use it for Lithium as well.
Tiny

http://www.qube.com.au/ports-and-bulk/innovation

there is a video covering the process of unloading.  looks like a lot of double handling. the load rate is 240 TPH. how does this compare with traditional bulk handling through bottom unloading on bulk wagons?
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
further information regarding the Qube facility for Rotabox at Geraldton.

Rotabox containerised bulk system for ship loading concentrates

The skyline around Geraldton, Western Australia, recently received a new addition towering over its busy port precinct. A Liebherr LHM 280 mobile harbor crane was commissioned in early June by Qube Bulk and was immediately put to work loading mineral concentration cargoes utilizing Qube’s innovative Rotabox containerized bulk system. Todd Emmert, Director of Qube Bulk’s operations, said it would revolutionise loading and discharging cargo in the port with faster slew and luffing speeds. “We will increase our operational efficiency by 37.5%, increasing available port capacity for current and future Geraldton port clients.
Qube pioneered the design and development of container rotating tippers with integrated lid lifters and has been successful in attracting new concentrate exporters to the port as well as convincing existing port users to make the switch to a containerized bulk solution and reduce their supply chain costs. The Rotabox system enables ores and concentrates to be transported and loaded into vessels without creating a dust hazard, as the containers are lowered into the ship#s hold, the lid is then lifted when the container is out of the breeze, rotated to empty, and he lid replaced before leaving the protection of the hold.
Antony Perkins, Qube’s Director of Project Development, said “we handle a lot of concentrate through shiploaders across Australia and it’s a messy and expensive business. We looked for an alternative and there was nothing on the market so we set about to design and build our own system. As bulk haulage operations and stevedores we not only build the gear but we operate it. So we know day in day out how it operates and this has driven the cont