Blowing sugar aboard in Swede Harbour

A brand new loading method is being employed at Swede Harbour in Malmö. Granulated sugar is being blown aboard a large vessel via long hoses – a procedure that takes nearly fourteen days.

CHL Innovator from Singapore is a specially-built vessel that can carry up to 20,000 tons of sugar. She bears the designation “Bibo” on her sides, which means “bulk in, bags out”. The sugar comes from Örtofta outside Malmö and is transported by lorry to the port. Four lorries will be constantly present on the dock for the next fourteen days. It takes almost two hours to empty one lorry, loading a total of 65 tons per hour – round the clock. On board is a plant capable of packaging 6,000 tons of sugar into sacks per day ready for unloading in Tunis.

“This method of loading is time-consuming, but it’s cheaper to transport the sugar loose than in sacks on pallets as is usually the case. Quite simply, it provides more space, and the sugar is protected by the hoses, so the weather has no effect. In addition, there’s almost no spillage,” says Göran Sjöström, Commercial Manager at CMP.

He believes that this method of loading will also be used in future for other bulk goods in powder form, such as coal, salt and sand.
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