Investing NIS. 27m, the Port of Ashdod has purchased three EcoHoppers. One has been allocated for offloading clinker, and the other two for grains and grain byproducts. These cutting edge hoppers come equipped with a pumping system in their upper sections that significantly reduces dust created between grab load and hopper during the offloading process. They also come with a loading sleeve that can be adjusted into the truck. The sleeve additionally assists in reducing the amount of released dust when offloading from the ship and loading the trucks.
In recent weeks the run-in process began for all three hoppers. When run-in is completed, they will shift into full operational capacity. The hoppers contain innovative smart features using advanced digital systems. Ashdod Port, led by its Board, is investing in a longer term plan to turn the port into Israel's first “green" seaport, including an internal power station to produce electricity using natural gas, and which aims to supply the entire port's energy needs.
These new EcoHoppers double the current three ecologically friendly hoppers purchased some months ago. The new hoppers use technological capabilities that include self-transit, traffic lights and a broadcast system to direct the trucks, and a filtering system that draws up the dust and prevents air pollution during work. The hoppers also contain a weighing system controlled by the hopper operator, which allows precision measurements when loading trucks.
Moshe Zana, Ashdod Port CEO: “Ashdod Port announced several steps it would be taking as part of its expansive program to become the first ecofriendly port in Israel. Protecting the environment is one of the port's fundamental values. Investing in ecohoppers is another step in the port's overall goal of implementing advanced operational systems, significantly improving outputs, and providing clients with optimal service."