Case Study: Dust Suppression at Port of Veracruz

Petcoke Stockpile Dust Control at Port Terminal

Stevedoring and bulk cargo distribution center Servicios Especiales Portuarios S.A. (SEPSA) needed a cost effective method to control dust during vessel unloading and protect nearby downtown Veracruz, Mexico.

The answer is a powerful dust suppression technology to maximize productivity and minimize water usage, while protecting workers, the sensitive marine environment, and nearby community.

The atomized mist dust suppression equipment replaces manual hose spraying techniques, enabling the company to effectively manage both settled dust and airborne particles, saving money on water charges and redirecting manpower to core activities.

Servicios Especiales Portuarios S.A. (SEPSA) handles more than a million metric tons of bulk cargo per year, primarily materials related to the steel and cement industries, including shredded scrap, pig iron, hot briquette iron and pet-coke.

"The huge plume coming from the machine also serves as an impressive visual demonstration of our dust management technique."

- Andrew Gillespie
Director

Designed from the outset of operations in 2006 to jump-start the efficiency of material handling at the Port of Veracruz, the SEPSA facility has implemented a variety of changes that have further raised productivity more than 40 percent since that time.

“Each dry bulk material presents its own unique challenges,” said Director Andrew Gillespie. “What complicates matters for us is the strong northerly winds that prevail for about half the year. In addition, the port is nestled into the downtown core of Veracruz, so we have to take great care to prevent fugitive dust,” he said.

Describing the company’s search for a more effective dust control techniques, Gillespie continued: “We have a commitment to ensure that the port and the surrounding community continue to live in harmony and that we take all practical measures to protect the environment. All of the equipment that we purchase or fabricate is acquired with that in mind,” he said.

“We were looking for the best possible dust suppression methods and when we had a chance to observe the DustBoss at various ports of call around the U.S., we felt like we’d found the right technology,” he added.

Dust Control Solutions at the Port Facility

Dust Suppression for Petcoke Dust at Port Facility
For vessel loading/unloading, SEPSA employs remote controlled diesel hydraulic clamshell and/or cactus grabs with a capacity of 15 cubic meters. Dockside cranes capable of handling 25-30 metric tons are used and the company now reports ship discharge rates of more than 1,000 metric tons per hour, with no fugitive dust or negative environmental effects.

In order to maximize the dust suppression on the ground, the DustBoss has an optional metering pump built in that allows SEPSA to apply a mixture of water and cellulose to the coal stockpiles, which forms a thin crust and eliminates fugitive dust migration during periods of high winds.

“The method excels at managing the super-fine particles such as petcoke,” Gillespie said. “It prevents truck movements in the yard from disturbing the stockpiles and keeps the material from migrating off-site.”

“We were looking for the best possible dust suppression methods and when we had a chance to observe the DustBoss at various ports of call around the U.S., we felt like we’d found the right technology."

- Andrew Gillespie
Director

DustBoss comes with a wide range of nozzles and spray manifolds for different applications, providing the ability to customize the spray pattern and droplet size to suit the specific type of dust being addressed. When equipped with optional 359° oscillation, the DustBoss DB-60 dust suppression machine can cover nearly 125,000 square feet (approx. 1.1 hectares) from a stationary location.

The atomized misting dust control system is primarily used in the storage areas at the port to control dust during vessel unloading and subsequent distribution of material to rail cars and trucks, operations which typically take 2 to 4 days per ship. SEPSA also moves the DustBoss to the pier occasionally, depending on wind conditions and the material being unloaded.

“This technology has been very effective for us,” said Gillespie. “The DustBoss is extremely effective at capturing airborne dust particles, while sufficiently dampening the roadways to prevent the fine dust from becoming airborne. Yet it doesn’t over-saturate the area. The huge plume coming from the machine also serves as an impressive visual demonstration of our dust management technique,” he added.

Gillespie is currently refining plans to mount the DustBoss on a tanker truck with a generating unit, creating a self-contained dust suppression vehicle that delivers tremendous versatility, one that can be quickly relocated to any given location at the facility within minutes.

CUSTOMER
Servicios Especiales
Portuarios S.A. (SEPSA)

LOCATION
Veracruz, Mexico

CHALLENGE
Find a way to effectively control dust at the port during vessel unloading and distribution of material to rail cars and trucks, thereby protecting workers, the marine environment and nearby downtown Veracruz.

SOLUTION
DustBoss 60 (DB-60), a powerful unit that atomizes water droplets to the optimum size for particle capture, launching them 200 feet or more with a 25 HP fan that generates 30,000 CFM (nearly 850 cubic meters per minute). With its built-in oscillation and when equipped with option 359º oscillation, the DB-60 can effectively cover nearly 125,000 sq. ft. (about 1.1 hectares) with a fine, dust-trapping mist.

RESULTS
“This technology has been very effective for us,” said spokesman Andrew Gillespie. “The DustBoss is extremely effective at capturing airborne dust particles, while sufficiently dampening the roadways to prevent the fine dust from becoming airborne. The huge plume coming from the machine also serves as an impressive visual demonstration of our dust management technique,” he added.

SEPSA is a leading-edge stevedoring and bulk cargo distribution company based in the port of Veracruz. The firm was conceived as a highly specialized port terminal handler of bulk minerals and metal products, with optimized loading and offloading maneuvers and storage within the port. SEPSA offers high productivity in the discharge of vessels, minimizing costs for the importer. The company specializes in solving performance problems and meeting ecological challenges, with due regard to all standards and regulations proposed by the Port Authority of Veracruz (APIVER) within its Master Development Plan.

Petcoke Stockpile Dust Control at Port Terminal

Stevedoring and bulk cargo distribution center Servicios Especiales Portuarios S.A. (SEPSA) needed a cost effective method to control dust during vessel unloading and protect nearby downtown Veracruz, Mexico.

The answer is a powerful dust suppression technology to maximize productivity and minimize water usage, while protecting workers, the sensitive marine environment, and nearby community.

The atomized mist dust suppression equipment replaces manual hose spraying techniques, enabling the company to effectively manage both settled dust and airborne particles, saving money on water charges and redirecting manpower to core activities.

Servicios Especiales Portuarios S.A. (SEPSA) handles more than a million metric tons of bulk cargo per year, primarily materials related to the steel and cement industries, including shredded scrap, pig iron, hot briquette iron and pet-coke.

"The huge plume coming from the machine also serves as an impressive visual demonstration of our dust management technique."

- Andrew Gillespie
Director

Designed from the outset of operations in 2006 to jump-start the efficiency of material handling at the Port of Veracruz, the SEPSA facility has implemented a variety of changes that have further raised productivity more than 40 percent since that time.

“Each dry bulk material presents its own unique challenges,” said Director Andrew Gillespie. “What complicates matters for us is the strong northerly winds that prevail for about half the year. In addition, the port is nestled into the downtown core of Veracruz, so we have to take great care to prevent fugitive dust,” he said.

Describing the company’s search for a more effective dust control techniques, Gillespie continued: “We have a commitment to ensure that the port and the surrounding community continue to live in harmony and that we take all practical measures to protect the environment. All of the equipment that we purchase or fabricate is acquired with that in mind,” he said.

“We were looking for the best possible dust suppression methods and when we had a chance to observe the DustBoss at various ports of call around the U.S., we felt like we’d found the right technology,” he added.

Dust Control Solutions at the Port Facility

Dust Suppression for Petcoke Dust at Port Facility
For vessel loading/unloading, SEPSA employs remote controlled diesel hydraulic clamshell and/or cactus grabs with a capacity of 15 cubic meters. Dockside cranes capable of handling 25-30 metric tons are used and the company now reports ship discharge rates of more than 1,000 metric tons per hour, with no fugitive dust or negative environmental effects.

In order to maximize the dust suppression on the ground, the DustBoss has an optional metering pump built in that allows SEPSA to apply a mixture of water and cellulose to the coal stockpiles, which forms a thin crust and eliminates fugitive dust migration during periods of high winds.

“The method excels at managing the super-fine particles such as petcoke,” Gillespie said. “It prevents truck movements in the yard from disturbing the stockpiles and keeps the material from migrating off-site.”

“We were looking for the best possible dust suppression methods and when we had a chance to observe the DustBoss at various ports of call around the U.S., we felt like we’d found the right technology."

- Andrew Gillespie
Director

DustBoss comes with a wide range of nozzles and spray manifolds for different applications, providing the ability to customize the spray pattern and droplet size to suit the specific type of dust being addressed. When equipped with optional 359° oscillation, the DustBoss DB-60 dust suppression machine can cover nearly 125,000 square feet (approx. 1.1 hectares) from a stationary location.

The atomized misting dust control system is primarily used in the storage areas at the port to control dust during vessel unloading and subsequent distribution of material to rail cars and trucks, operations which typically take 2 to 4 days per ship. SEPSA also moves the DustBoss to the pier occasionally, depending on wind conditions and the material being unloaded.

“This technology has been very effective for us,” said Gillespie. “The DustBoss is extremely effective at capturing airborne dust particles, while sufficiently dampening the roadways to prevent the fine dust from becoming airborne. Yet it doesn’t over-saturate the area. The huge plume coming from the machine also serves as an impressive visual demonstration of our dust management technique,” he added.

Gillespie is currently refining plans to mount the DustBoss on a tanker truck with a generating unit, creating a self-contained dust suppression vehicle that delivers tremendous versatility, one that can be quickly relocated to any given location at the facility within minutes.

Implement Dust Control at Your Jobsite!

Receive a FREE quote and talk to a dust control specialist today to stop fugitive dust!

Get A Quote

More on Port Dust Control

Using DustBoss Cannons for Dispersing Disinfectant

By BossTek | March 27, 2020

Across the world, officials are looking for ways to combat the spread of disease. Many countries are turning to water cannons and misting systems to distribute disinfectant on a larger scale. Doing so can facilitate cleaner environments, both indoors and outside, while minimizing the number of personnel required for such cleaning processes. For decades, DustBoss®… Continue Reading

Urban Demolition Project Uses Atomized Mist to Comply with Dust Regulations

By BossTek | March 18, 2020

A Colorado demolition firm with a reputation for environmental stewardship on complex large-scale projects has successfully complied with strict urban dust suppression regulations throughout a sensitive 18-month demolition project, from structural implosion to site clearing.  Using two atomized misting cannons to control dust created by the takedown, Colorado Cleanup Corporation (CCC) was able to demolish… Continue Reading

Aluminum Die Caster Uses Air Cannons For Positive Airflow & Temperature Control

By BossTek | March 4, 2020

A pioneer in dust and odor control equipment has helped an aluminum die casting company cool its operations and create a more pleasant working environment by employing powerful air cannon technology. LeClaire Manufacturing is using two DustBoss® DB-30™ dust cannons from BossTek® to improve airflow, reduce indoor temperatures and direct air toward internal ventilation systems. … Continue Reading

Industrial Dust Collector – Dust Control Method

By BossTek | February 19, 2020

Past large misting cannons and nozzle-based fogging systems, industrial dust collectors are a large source for dust control. Their applications vary from the two water-based systems and provide optimal dust suppression in operations where water is not wanted. Learn more about how all three of the systems are effective solutions to remove dust from the… Continue Reading

Demolition Contractor Controls Dust Levels in Highly Regulated Hospital Zone

By BossTek | February 5, 2020

The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston is one of the state’s top hospitals, ranked among the best pediatric medical institutions in the country.  The facility is in the process of expanding and upgrading — supported by donations, grants and state contributions — and has begun construction of the MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s… Continue Reading

Remove Dust from the Air at Industrial Sites

By BossTek | January 22, 2020

Trying to stop dust from getting in the air is a valiant effort. Unfortunately, it’s a hard fought battle. In most scenarios, dust is going to be generated and released into the air upon disruption. The demolition industry has copious amounts of dust created during the tear down of structures that preventive methods are not… Continue Reading

Subscribe and Stay Up-to-Date!

Receive a monthly newsletter keeping you up-to-date on the latest in dust and odor control.

Subscribe

This entry was posted in Aggregate Handling, Blog Separation, Bulk Material Handling, Case Study, Case Study Blog, DB-60, DB-60, Dust Control, Dust Control, DustBoss, DustBoss, News, Port Facility / Shipping, Ports / Shipping, Standard, Stockpile. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.