Port and Terminal Operations for Bulk Cargoes

Port and Terminal Operations for Bulk Cargoes

The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology at the University of Greenwich, in association with the Association of Bulk Terminal Operators (ABTO) will be delivering a course in March 2019 looking at the issues surrounding the safe handling and storage of bulk materials in ports and on the sea. 

The course, Port and Terminal Operations for Bulk Cargoes, is designed to be interactive so delegates are given the chance to discuss real life issues and to determine best practice for future developments.

Subjects covered include:

  • Ship unloading technologies (grabs vs CSUs, different CSU technologies)
  • Conveying technologies (pneumatic vs belt)
  • Storage and discharge technologies (silos, flat stores, stacking etc)
  • Loading/unloading control (weighing, controlling ship bending etc)
  • Rail and road outloading equipment and control
  • Explosion and fire risks and management (ATEX, fire control and management)
  • Mobile plant and safety
  • Developments in automation and autonomous vehicles
  • Dust control and environmental protection
  • Controlling cargo damage (particle degradation, spoilage, water damage etc)
  • Wear protection and maintenance
  • Cargo characterisation for handleability and other issues

 Is it for me?

Stevedores, operations supervisors, port managers, ships masters, port developers, cargo superintendents, equipment suppliers and design consultants are all recommended to attend to gain an understanding of the reasons for the varied behaviour of powders and particulate materials as they travel across the seas or are stored and transported from ports.


A two-day course mixing practical demonstrations with theory elements. Time will be spent in the onsite pilot plant, working 'hands-on' with cargo characterisation testing.


The course will be held at the University of Greenwich Medway campus, Chatham Maritime, Kent on March 12-13 2019.

Course team

The course leader is Mike Bradley, Prof of Bulk and Particulate Technologies and Director of the Wolfson Centre. He has worked internationally on design and troubleshooting for bulk solids handling as a commercial consultant and research expert for more than 20 years.

Also contributing will be Richard Farnish, Consultant Engineer, who has almost twenty years' experience in commercial design work related to materials handling, specialising in metering powders; and Dr Rob Berry, a Research Fellow with more than ten years' experience in bulk solids handling technology.

Course fees

The cost per delegate is £1,200  (£1,100 for ABTO members).  The fee covers all course notes, refreshments and a meal on the evening of the first day.

To book your place, please complete the online booking form here or get in touch for more information via the contact details below.




Contact Details

Email: wolfson-enquiries@gre.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 8331 8646
Web Address: www.bulksolids.com