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01 March 2021

Yara Dust-Free Loading Challenge

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Yara produces and ships millions of tonnes of fertilizer per year on the 700-meter-long quay on its location in Sluiskil alone. Often the loading takes place at the speeds of up to 500 tons of fertilizer per hour, or more than 8,000 kilos of grains per minute! When loading urea and nitrate, a small amount of dust is always carried along with the wind while tipping into the ships. The urea dust, because that is what it is all about, is not harmful to public health, but it is undesirable. Yara's ambition extends beyond the permitted emission limits and wants to be at the forefront of the sector, so the ambition is no dust at all when loading on the quay.

The challenge

Yara wants to adapt its processes in such a way that the released dust during loading on the quay is reduced to zero. There are over 10 loading points on the quay in Sluiskil, but this problem also occurs at 25 other factories within the Yara group. The challenge can therefore extend much further than Sluiskil for enthusiasts. Yara has already researched various solution directions in the past and also tested it on the quay, but the ultimate solution has not yet been reached. Can you think of these?

Yara's goal is to improve working conditions for employees, contractors, suppliers and guests on the quay even more and to stop residents living near the Yara site from looking at dust when loading ships. In addition, Yara wants to continue to work strictly within the strict permit requirement and further limit the amount of nitrogen in waste water. This means that Yara wants solutions that do not create a second waste stream, such as large amounts of nitrogenous waste water.

What are we looking for?

This challenge is really something for you if you are specialized in dust reduction and have experience with large-scale loading of bulk products.

To name a few potential solutions, it could be innovative coating, the ultimate cascade process, smart application of static electricity adjusting the speed or drop height of the product or another innovative dedusting system. Whatever your solution is, if it helps achieve the goal of this challenge, Yara is interested.

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  • March 1st: application deadline
  • March 11th: up to 10 candidates selected
  • March 18th: start challenge week - 3 sessions by Dockwize
  • April 15th: hand in draft plan
  • April 22nd: final assessment, up to 3 project plans signed
  • April 29th: closing event, winners announced

What is in for you?

There are many reasons why participating in this challenge is interesting to you. Below we list the most important.

  • You will have access to Yara's specialists, such as shippers, engineers and R&D, as well as Yara's testing facilities and labs. Use it to your advantage!
  • The opportunity to test and optimize your solution, within the constraints due to the corona measures, on the Yara site.
  • Achieving the goal and rapid implementation is worth a lot to Yara, so they are happy to make resources and budget available for it. Depending on the phase of the solution, a development budget is available to jointly invest in the further development and implementation of the solution.
  • If the result is positive, a possible additional order with other Yara processes and factories worldwide lies ahead.
  • Yara is just the beginning of a potentially long line of companies looking to make such an improvement. If you do it right here, you may find doors open to you on other sites in similar industries.
  • Yara will actively communicate positive results through its communication channels. That means free publicity for you.
  • Do you have potential interested parties in the future? Then you can demonstrate your solution to them on site at Yara.

About co-creation partner - YARA SLUISKIL

Yara Sluiskil, which has been in operation since 1929, is a production site of the Norwegian company Yara International. The company produces specialty fertilizers, products that contribute to environmental improvement, industrial chemicals such as AdBlue and NOxCare®, as well as producing CO2 for the soft drink industry, beer breweries and dry ice to keep vaccines cold, for example. The production site in Sluiskil is Yara's largest production site and also the largest fertilizer factory in northwestern Europe. Millions of tons of products are made every year and hard work is being done on new technologies to make the products with the lowest possible environmental impact.

Safety is always top priority. Yara's factories are among the most efficient and reliable in the world. They want to keep it that way and improve it where possible.

Sustainability is also a high priority at Yara. The factory has achieved a reduction of the CO2 footprint of 60% in 10 years, while production increased by more than 1.5 million tons.


There are no costs involved to participate in this opportunity. Furthermore, Yara has allocated resources and budget to jointly invest in the further development and implementation of your solution.


You can apply via F6S or if you want to check whether your solution fits the opportunity, you can send your pitch deck to

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