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New Bobcat loader for Scotline Ltd

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World Cement,

Scotline Ltd has purchased a new Bobcat S130 skid-steer loader from Bobcat of London. The loader will be used for shiptrimming work at a new cement installation at Scotline’s Rochester Transit Terminal on the River Medway in Kent in the UK. The new cement operation will supply customers in London and the Southeast region and is an important investment for Scotline’s activities in Rochester, where the company also runs the Medway Timber Terminal.

The unloading of a cement ship at the Scotline Transit Terminal is predominantly carried out by a trailer-mounted extraction system on the dockside. The extraction system pumps cement from the hold via a new pipeline system to four large silos, where it is subsequently loaded into lorries using a hopper.

Towards the end of the unloading process, there comes a point where the discharge tube cannot reach the corners, leaving a large amount of cement remaining in the ship’s hold. In order to access the remaining cement the Bobcat S130 skid-steer loader is lowered by crane into the hold. The loader first forms new mounds of cement in the centre of the hold for the discharge tube to extract and is then used to ensure that the hold is cleaned out.

The loader has an operating weight of 2465 kg, a rated operating capacity of 597 kg and a tipping load of 1195 kg. It also has a reach of 575 mm with a lift height of 2781 mm. The machinery utilises a Kubota V2203-E diesel engine producing 34.3 kW of power at 2800 rpm.

An advantage of the Bobcat skid-steer loader, when carrying out shiptrimming work, is its manoeuvrability in confined spaces. In the S130 model, the radius lift pattern and short wheelbase are combined with differential steering for efficient manoeuvring and fast cycle times in small spaces, a fast travel speed and good auxiliary pump flow. In addition, precise control of the speed and direction of the loader in any situation is enabled due to the hydrostatic drive.

Bobcat of London will provide the support for the loader using its own factory-trained engineers. Bobcat parts are used to maintain the best mechanical standards and to optimise performance, reliability and protect the machines’ residual values.

Adapted from press release by Rosalie Starling

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