Golden Bay Cement installs thermal imaging camera on cement carrier to avoid deadly accidents
Cement is described as a "minor bulk" cargo, but is extremely important to the construction industry. Traditionally transported in bags, finished cement is today carried largely in bulk, a powder cargo sufficiently fine to be handled pneumatically, moving through large diameter pipes on a column of air.
Old cement ships were basically bulk carriers with bags handled manually in a laborious operation which could take days. Modern cement carriers are specialized ships that will carry no other cargo, and while classified as dry bulk carriers, are fully enclosed vessels which more resemble tankers. They are distinctive craft, with complex cargo handling equipment in the pneumatic plant, an extensive system of conveyors and often a high tower on the foredeck.
The cement carrier used by the Golden Bay Cement Company is the M.V. Golden Bay with a capacity of 4,500 tonnes. Needless to say that it is not always easy to maneuver a ship of this size and weight. It takes some time to change direction and slow down. "In order to avoid deadly accidents at night, we looked for a solution that could help us to detect small boats and objects that are not detected by radar," says Mr. Robinson, captain on the M.V. Golden Bay.
"A solution that seemed very promising to us was thermal imaging, and our FLIR Navigator has definitely proven its worth on board the M.V. Golden Bay. The Navigator Pan/Tilt is a small cost compared to having a deadly accident."