Leading Canadian agribusiness and canola handler Richardson International has installed four new, fully automated grain handling trippers at its North Vancouver port terminal facility, World Grain reported on 3 June.

Leading Canadian agribusiness and canola handler Richardson International has installed four new, fully automated grain handling trippers at its North Vancouver port terminal facility, World Grain reported on 3 June.

“As one of the most successful grain handling facilities in the world, the North Vancouver terminal exports over 5M tonnes/year of canola and cereal grains to countries along the Pacific Rim every year,” Richardson said.

The company’s decision to upgrade the tripper system followed the terminal’s expansion in 2015, when its storage capacity was doubled to 180,000 tonnes and its railcar unloading capacity was doubled from 150 cars/day to 300 cars/day.

The new tripper conveyors featured modern mechanical components and chutes, electrical and automated control systems and dust collection systems.

“To move these two remaining annexes into this century and to provide the terminal with significant improvements in efficiency and automation, we engaged industrial contractor LNS Services to manage this undertaking,” said Phil Hulina, senior director of North Vancouver Port Terminal.

Winnipeg-based Richardson is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of all major Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds.