Chartered by McInnis Cement, Canada, the Netherlands-based company Van Aalst Marine & Offshore engineered, produced and installed a pneumatic load and discharge system for the 15,000 deadweight ton cement carrier ‘NACC Quebec’. The vessel began her life as a 139 metre long and 20 metre wide bulk carrier in 2011 but was transformed in China into an ecologically efficient, self-discharging dry bulk cement carrier in 2017. The owner of the specialized ‘NACC Quebec’ which officially entered service in mid-2017, is NovaAlgoma Cement Carriers Limited, a 50/50 joint venture between Algoma Central Corporation and Nova Marine Holding SA of Luxemburg dedicated to building a global fleet of modern cement carriers to support infrastructure projects worldwide.
“Because of the many specific requirements and wishes of the client, this was one of the most challenging projects in our history,” commented Wijnand van Aalst, CEO of Van Aalst Group. With more than 850 vessels outfitted, Van Aalst is the world’s leading company in the market of fully automated bulk cement handling systems. “In addition to the production and installation of this state-of-the-art cement load and discharge system, we were also responsible for the entire engineering. This totally enclosed cargo handling system is tailor-made and enables the ‘NACC Quebec’ to load 1200 tons of cement per hour. For discharging the cement from a total of four tanks to a shore terminal, the vessel is equipped with special pumps transporting cement at a speed of 700/800 tonnes per hour. A conveying distance of maximum 400 metres can be achieved. Significant amounts that have not been achieved in this industry before. During the development of this particular system, based on vacuum – pressure technology, we did not shy away from any challenge resulting in a very well thought-out concept.”
“We were very pleased to establish this new relationship with NovaAlgoma and Van Aalst that allowed us to take advantage of their cutting edge technology, attention to ecological details and their long-term marine transportation and cargo handling expertise,” said McInnis Cement Vice President Logistics and Distribution, Mark Newhart. On behalf of Algoma Central Corporation CEO Ken Soerensen added that developing this Canadian flagged cement carrier was a very exciting project for his company as well. “The productive and professional partnership approach between McInnis, Van Aalst and ourselves have proven to be very successful in achieving and exceeding the requirements of the project by the use of advanced technology.”
McInnis Cement is a privately-held company with corporate headquarters in Canada and the United States. The company’s plant in Port-Daniel–Gascons, Canada is the first new plant to serve Eastern Canada as well as the U.S. Eastern seaboard and Great Lakes region in more than 50 years.The company’s goal is to supply its customers with superior-quality cement that is consistently produced and reliably distributed, based on sustainable development principles.