• Client: PHB Weserhütte, SA
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  • Location: United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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Project details:

PHB Weserhütte (PHB) required an independent design review for structural and mechanical components of a gantry-style shiploader, designed for the loading of vessels ranging in size from 20,000 to 120,000 DWT, as well as ongoing engineering support and recommendations for any arising design challenges. The shiploader is to be installed at a port in Fujairah, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The review was commissioned by the client to confirm that the shiploader satisfies all contractual specifications and that it complies with FEM design requirements and relevant seismic codes.


CWA performed a review of the structural design criteria and worked with PHB to define the design requirements and ensure their conformance with the relevant design codes.

Independent structural checks for the shiploader were performed using 3D modeling analysis to ensure design conformance to the Client’s calculation criteria. All major mechanical components of the shiploader were reviewed including the shuttle travel system, boom luffing system, and the machine travel system.

Upon completion of the independent design review, CWA provided certification that the design satisfies all relevant codes and contractual specifications and provided a memorandum summary of the structural and mechanical analysis.

CWA has provided ongoing support and recommendations for all mechanical and structural issues throughout the engineering phase of the project.

Project highlights:

  • Independent design review of a gantry-style shiploader designed for the loading of vessels ranging from 20,000 to 120,000 DWT.
  • Defined seismic design requirements per relevant code.
  • 3D model analysis review performed for structural checks of the shiploader.
  • 3D model analysis review performed for all major mechanical components, including the shuttle, travel system, boom luffing system, and machine travel system.
  • Ongoing project support and recommendations during engineering phase of the project.
  • Issuance of Letter of Certification of the design’s conformance to contract conditions and relevant codes, and issuance of a summary memorandum.