Bulk Discharge & Cargo Handling

Nectar Group offers tailor-made dry bulk handling services throughout the world

Our bulk handling services include bulk discharge of cargo from ships, bulk handling of commodities  to and from storage, transshipment of cargoes form ship to ship.

Services Summary

We take on varying degrees of responsibility in carrying out the bulk handling services we offer. The delivery of these services is very flexible. We offer a variety of packages , in the majority of cases, we include performance guarantees.

Bulk Grabs

Nectar Group also runs and maintains its own fleet of touch down clamshell grabs. These grabs are positionned in various ports around the world and are used in conjunction with our quayside bagging services but can also be rented out for ad hoc bulk discharge operations.


The majority of these clamshell grabs are 5 cbm grabs however in some locations we also have 3 cbm and 8 cbm grabs for rental purposes.

There is also a range of options available:

  • World's most advanced mobile bagging system.
  • The bagging unit is integrated in a single 20ft container.
  • 140 metric tonnes per hour design capacity.
  • Multiple units can be used on vessels depending on cargo stowage.
  • Ideal for free-flowing cargoes including fertilisers, pulses, grains, rice, sugar etc.
  • Bags can be weighted from 25kg to 90kg.
  • Weight accuracy of +/-0.5% (Dutch Weights and Measures certified.)
  • Screening, blending and oiling activities can be integrated.
  • Fully Self-sufficient. We provide bagging unit, container hopper, clamshell grabs and generators.
  • Global coverage.
  • Designed to work in extreme conditions.
  • Highly trained technicians.
  • Tailor made bagging & logistic solutions.
  • Guaranteed performance – our rates can include a speed guarantee in line with Charter Party terms.
  • Ability to connect to pneumatic discharging equipment.

Pneumatic Discharger

Nectar Group run and maintain a fleet of pneumatic dischargers for the bulk discharge of wheat and grains achieving operational speeds of up to 11,000mts per weather working day on 50,000mts vessels/5hold vessels.


The pneumatic dischargers are placed on board the vessel and “suck” the cargo from the holds to awaiting hopper systems or directly into waiting bulk trucks.

Trained personnel operate and manage the multiple dischargers place on board the vessel to ensure maximum efficiency during the operation matched with ensure the minimum of cargo degradation.

Our pneumatic dischargers are available for one-off projects or long term contract.
Typical Quayside Operation

Modular Hopper

Nectar Groups latest development to be introduced into their equipment portfolio is the revolutionary ‘Modular Bulk Hopper’ (UK Patent Application Number 1406035.4) that consists of 2 x 20ft ISO containers and 1 x 40ft ISO container to create a fully functioning Large Bulk Hopper for standard use with most free flowing bulk commodities. The entire assembly can be erected on the quayside in under an hour by Nectar Group trained personnel and a single forklift truck, Reach Stacker or Container Crane with relative ease making it suitable for use in most locations where the equipment is required.

Nectar has discovered that by increasing the mobility of bulk handling equipment they increase the number of locations that can benefit from the utilisation of the equipment. Bulk hoppers are often seen lingering on quaysides waiting for their next opportunity to be used taking up increasingly valuable space within the port. With containerised hoppers the equipment can be broken down swiftly and trucked to storage areas outside of the port for convenient storage until they are required again. Alternatively they can be containerised and lifted onto the vessel with standard container lifting equipment or the vessel’s gear and shipped to the next port of call where they can be set up and used in the same way.

The Modular Bulk Hopper standards of safety and structural integrity have not been reduced either with the hopper frame made from SS400 Steel as any standard Large Bulk Hopper with the integrated valve mechanisms manufactured from high grade stainless steel and Teflon lined blade guides for increased control of discharge. The Hopper allows trucks with a maximum height of 4 meters to be loaded with cargo that has been discharged into the hoppers directly from the ship’s holds with grabs.

Our Full Services Range

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Logistics & Warehousing

Depending on locations, Nectar is able to provide end to end logistics or one off services such as warehousing or trucking.


Nectar Group's in-house design team, engineers and commercial staff are available to work on various consultancy projects in bulk cargo handling. 

Bagging Services

Nectar is the leading company in providing both spot bagging services and long term contracts with over 45 years experience.

Bulk Discharge

Nectar Group has been an active player in the bulk discharge industry for many years. It has a fleet of bulk discharge equipment available for rental.

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