Coal was delivered to Tilbury B Power Station via ships, and the station had a dedicated jetty to accommodate them. The jetty was designed to receive large capacity ‘Panamax’ vessels, capable to carrying up to 65,000 tonnes of coal.
Two continuous ship unloaders (CSU) manufactured by Noell Kone Cranes were installed on the jetty, commonly referred to as “the Kones”. Weighing 850 tonnes, each Kone was 36 metres tall, 46 metres long and 12 metres wide – unloading coal at a rate of up to 1,500 tonnes per hour, which was transported to the power station’s stickpile via a conveyor system. The conveyor had a variable speed drive capable of moving the belt at up to 2.5m per second, resulting in a maximum capacity of 3000 tonnes per hour of coal.