Innovation. Quality. Care.

Ship Loader Automation

Ship loader automation is a major optimisation target for export terminals globally.  Despite several claims, available solutions do not provide satisfactory outcomes, nor do they achieve safety system requirements.

As one of Australia’s leading coal terminal automation specialists, MRA can provide a solution that is built upon its domain knowledge and its past internal research and development.

The first and largest step to achieve ship loader automation is collision avoidance, which requires accurate knowledge of the ship loader position in relation to the vessel. Once this is achieved the fundamentals of MRA’s Stockpile Management System can be applied to determine the material profile to provide full automation.

MRA draws on its vast experience with export terminal control systems to assist its clients with their automation requirements. With more than 18 years of specialist industry experience and working closely with clients to meet their needs.

Click here to watch a simulated demonstration


Ship Loader Collision Avoidance

Desired Outcomes

MRA recognises that interest in Ship Loader Collision Avoidance primarily stems from safety concerns of operators being located on boom structures as well providing greater positional awareness for operators regardless of their location. MRA’s solution meets the following functional requirements:

Automated Ship Loading

Points of Difference

MRA’s solution provides the following key points of difference and additional features including:

MRA’s solution delivers an intelligent and intuitive system that removes the guesswork for operators.

Automated Ship Loading


Ship Loader Automation

The second step of ship loader automation is profiling the material and combining this information with the knowledge of the vessel shape and position. MRA utilises its highly successful Stockpile Management System technology to achieve the profiling of the material on the vessel. The basis of the material profile model is constructed from machine position information and material properties, which is then updated with sensing technology data. With all of this information at hand the ship loader can automatically follow an adaptive loading plan.

Key Features

Automated Ship Loader


Case Study Results

Upon request, further information can be provided on the following installations: