Dust generation is very common in ports due to dusty cargo such as coal, iron ore, cement etc. Dust spreads because of wind and can emanate from adjacent berths and surrounding areas as well. (refer figure 1)
Sources of dust are from
Spreading of dust may create health issues to employees and people living nearby.
Total area of operation including berth and stockyard is 220 meter x 90 meter. Currently we are suppressing dust by sprinkling water. However, water sprinkling does not solve the problem completely. There are additional challenges such as -
Moreover, dust particles are so fine that with normal wind speed, it travels up to 1 km. Dust gathers at a very fast rate - a layer of about 1mm gets generated in an hour’s time. During high wind speed, dust spreads from adjacent berths and surrounding areas. (Refer Figure 2 - Schematic layout of Berth and Stockyard)
We are looking for innovative solutions which can prevent or reduce dust at stockyard and berth. The solution should address the problem of dust emanating from surrounding areas and adjacent berths.
Options tried before to solve the problem: