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Photographer:Captain Ted [View profile]Title:SOPHIE OLDENDORFFAdded:Sep 08, 2014
Captured:September 07, 2014IMO:9138109Hits:2,779
Location:Puerto Cortes, Honduras
Photo Category: Bulkers built 1991-2000
IMO number : 9138109
Name of ship : SOPHIE OLDENDORFF (since 01/09/2000)
Call Sign : CQLX
MMSI : 255805390
Gross tonnage : 41428 (since 01/09/2006)
DWT : 70037
Type of ship : Self-Discharging Bulk Carrier (during 2000)
Year of build : 2000
Flag : Portugal (MARDERIA) (since 01/04/2013)
Status of ship : In Service/Commission (since 25/06/2010)
Last update : 05/08/2014
Vessel Identification
Name:Sophie Oldendorff
Technical Data
Vessel type:Self Discharging Bulk Carrier
Gross tonnage:41,428 tons
Summer DWT:70,037 tons
Length:225 m
Beam:32 m
Draught:8.9 m

Additional Information
Class society:Nippon Kaiji Kyokai
Build year:2000
AIS Information
Last known position:
32°33’46.63” N, 79°33’12.65” W
Speed, course (heading):
9.3kts, 136° (134°)
Location:Puerto Bolivar
Arrival:21st Nov 2021
17:00:16 UTC
Last update:
16 days 1 hour ago
Source:AIS (AirNav ShipTrax)
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Captain Ted on Sep 09, 2014 16:16 (7 years ago)
Hi, as per Oldendorff site,,this ship has a belt,,not a screw
holedrille on Sep 09, 2014 12:59 (7 years ago)
Got it (I think!). The conveyor belts are protected from having the full weight of the cargo resting on them by hydraulically operated, and probably quite small, doors. I expect these can be opened individually to avoid too much choking the conveyor. A definite benefit must be that the holds empty completely and do not need sweeping out.
Other designs cheat by having their own grabs that dump into a deck mounted hopper, from where it is discharged by the arm.
Ian Horsfall on Sep 09, 2014 09:18 (7 years ago)
In 2010 while in Tampa FL the Belts on the upper d UnLoader set on fire,while unloading a cargo of granite, from Canada. After the fire was out she moved to Port Manatee, where Ibelieve temporary repairs were made,I remember seeing hr in Pt. Manatee
omniron on Sep 09, 2014 07:38 (7 years ago)
Hi holldriller, haha keep on shovellin' no the poor old River Torrens only took "soft" cargoes such as salt, gypsum, wheat etc and as Clyde has pointed out in one of his previous photos of her in her new guise as CSL Pacific, soil excavated from the Barangaroo site
holedrille on Sep 09, 2014 06:55 (7 years ago)
Thank you for your thoughts. I would put my money on a giant screw, but it would have to be a substantial piece of engineering to stretch the length of all the holds, and to start off with 30,000 tons of stone on top!
In the days of coal powered steam locos (my passion) a lot of US ones had automatic stokers powered by a screw, which was always getting jammed and had to have a reverse to free it. In UK we only had three, all the rest the fireman had to shovel like there was no tomorrow.
omniron on Sep 09, 2014 06:50 (7 years ago)
Hi holedrille, I don't know about this vessel but ANL's converted self discharger "River Torrens" has what I can only describe as like a large metal screw type system running along the bottom of the hold to push the cargo along to the header.
best wishes
Clyde Dickens on Sep 09, 2014 06:49 (7 years ago)
This may help

Look at both items under Unloaders on the left hand menu
Captain Ted on Sep 08, 2014 21:05 (7 years ago)
I never was on one like that,,but I can imagine that the conveyor belt runs in a tunnel,, on top are gratings with appropiate sized holes to let fall the cargo through and direct under them plates/doors which can be opened or closed via hydraulic. The holds are
shaped like a "V" that the cargo slides down as below the belt transports it away.
What you say on this Capt Peter ?
holedrille on Sep 08, 2014 20:58 (7 years ago)
Capt peter - Is other one Yeoman Bank, currently in Falmouth dry dock, some excellent pictures yesterday. Don't quite understand your question, the arrangement on deck is the pivot for the unloading conveyor belt, many Great Lakers have similar but less substantial gear. What I find hard to understand is how the contents of all the holds are 'mined' out of the bottom of them. If it was a conveyor belt it would get crushed by the weight when fully loaded and seize. How does it work?
Captain Ted on Sep 08, 2014 20:27 (7 years ago)
hmmm,, perhaps only small quantity for discharging, even when she looks like ballast, could still be like 5-6000 tons
Captain Peter on Sep 08, 2014 18:02 (7 years ago)
I really have no idea :-(
Captain Ted on Sep 08, 2014 17:35 (7 years ago)
hi Capt Peter,, question.
She seems ballast,,but what bulkers load in cortes ?
any idea ? I am blank on that one
Captain Peter on Sep 08, 2014 17:21 (7 years ago)
Nice EO-Selfunloader! When I was with them end of the 80ies they just begann with this system (Yeoman Brook, Yeoman Burn, and another one which name I don't recall).

Cypt Peter
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