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Volume 15, Issue 4
Published: September 3, 2019
A chemical gateway for Spain

Port of Tarragona executives explain how they are continually developing port infrastructure to consolidate its position as a Mediterranean storage & chemical production hub

The Port of Tarragona is in constant evolution as it continues its business strategy to strengthen its position as a key
Mediterranean hub for the production, storage and distribution of chemical and petrochemical products.
As the main hub for the chemical industry in Catalonia, it is the gateway for freight to be processed and distributed to the hinterland and surrounding region. Both chemical and petrochemical products represent more than 60% of total traffic at the port, demonstrating the importance of this industry for the port. In fact, liquid bulk cargo traffic surged by 14% in the first half of 2019 compared to the same period in 2018.
As part of its corporate strategy, the port authority has expanded the chemical quay from 800,000 m3 to 1.5 million m3 to facilitate the storage of a wider range of products. The development of the quay was completed in 2010 but work on installing tanks and tank pits is being carried out in a phased approach, with a new berth being opened earlier this year. Currently, only 1.2 hectares of the quay is available, and the development boasts five berths, with three being public and two private.

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Vopak's smart Singapore tank terminals
Inspection robots, like drones and ROVs, have been implemented at Vopak’s Singaporean tank terminals as part of a company-wide initiative to incorporate the latest digital innovations into key business areas Vopak’s four Singapore terminals are a testbed for the deployment of products and solutions as part of the company’s digital transformation journey...
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What keeps Singaporean storage operators awake?
While tank terminals perform several important functions, the most important is the role they play in physically balancing supply and demand along the supply chain as well as facilitating trade...
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Australia's LNG imports lead to storage questions
As Australia contends with a growing mismatch between demand and supply of LNG, despite being the world’s largest LNG exporter, ION Commodities’ Mark Davis examines the opportunities and issues this brings for storage operators To aid its gas shortage, Australia will soon import its own liquefied natural gas (LNG)...
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Developing a sustainable terminal for the future
Stolthaven Singapore is implementing several sustainability initiatives as part of its core company philosophy to reduce its impact on the environment Several sustainability initiatives to generate more renewable forms of energy to power Stolthaven Singapore are being developed to reduce the terminal’s carbon footprint...
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Renewed EU strategy for the tank storage sector
Almost every industry has a professional representative office in Brussels, to represent sectoral interests with the European Commission, European Parliament, national delegations based in Brussels and other European bodies...
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IMO 2020: it may be too late to invest
Channoil Consulting’s Mark Waddington explains why it may already be too late for refiners and shippers to invest to meet the January 1 deadline for the IMO 2020 regulation With the IMO 2020 regulation within touching distance, this is a good time to take a look at what various sectors – shipping, refining and logistics – have done so far and to consider what might be happening in the coming months as the industry prepares to meet the deadline...
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Impact and opportunities of a decarbonised energy system
As governments commit to reducing emissions towards a more decarbonised society, Tank Storage Association executive director Peter Davidson explains how the tank terminal industry & government need to work closely together to ensure a successful energy future The UK became the first country in the EU to commit to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 after committing to reduce emissions by 80% under the 2008 climate change act...
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A chemical gateway for Spain
Port of Tarragona executives explain how they are continually developing port infrastructure to consolidate its position as a Mediterranean storage & chemical production hub The Port of Tarragona is in constant evolution as it continues its business strategy to strengthen its position as a keyMediterranean hub for the production, storage and distribution of chemical and petrochemical products...
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Capitalising on a niche storage opportunity
As Europe becomes a net importer of chemical products, Standic is positioning itself to meet these growing supply chain needs with a new €200 million storage terminal in the Port of Antwerp A global production shift is increasing specialty chemical flows into Europe’s ARA cluster, highlighting its importance as a regional hub for downstream chemical products...
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The 12-year evolution of REACH
The European Union (EU) Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) Regulation is a key consideration for many businesses operating in or looking to enter the European Economic Area (EEA)...
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A full tank storage solutions provider
The latest modern technological advances and safety standards are being incorporated into APMS Storage TankServices’ end to end services for industrial and commercial storage tanks...
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Digitally transforming terminal operations for top quartile performance
Emerson’s Joseph Nassif discusses how a strategic approach to digitalisation can help terminals more effectively meet their business objectives Due to the significant amount of capital invested in infrastructure, terminal operators need to ensure every bit of it is being used effectively to ensure competitive return on investment...
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Inventory optimisation software improves decision-making process
The latest version of Endress+Hauser’s SupplyCare plots the exact position of a storage tank and visualises all tank inventory on a map to increase productivity and ensure accurate information for decision-making The storage of bulk liquids requires tanks of all shapes and sizes depending on whether the product is hydrocarbon, chemicals or edible oils...
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Ensuring cyber safety in an evolving threat landscape
Cyber security is a topic that receives increased attention among tank terminal professionals because of the real risksthat security incidents pose to them...
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A new era of tank cleaning safety
The introduction of state-of-the-art, explosion proof, ex-zone 0 rated, no man entry tank cleaning robots has signalled a much-anticipated safety revolution in the UK tank terminal sector...
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A cost-effective solution to emission compliance
High capital costs are a significant challenge for storage operators in ensuring their older vapour recovery units are emission compliant...
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The 30-year fuel tank liner is back
Single-coat epoxy liner gets certified for three decades of storing corrosive contents In the oil and gas industry, the preservation of assets is paramount...
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Asset amangement: more than just a buzz word
A revolutionary cloud-based software promises to transform how storage terminals manage their valuable assets, ensuring more time-efficient and effective operations A revolutionary cloud-based software promises to transform how storage terminals manage their valuable assets, ensuring more time-efficient and effective operationsWith significant experience in process industries, Advanced 3D Laser Solutions (A3D) has been automating continuous and batch processes as part of overall project implementation for more than 40 years...
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Safeguarding LPG storage tanks
In the harsh environments associated with liquid gas storage, endurance, reliability, and accuracy are essential, and Wärtsilä’s range of instrumentation, control platforms, and safety shut-off valve systems reflect the need to protect personnel, the environment, the equipment, and the product itself...
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Applying containment 'carpet' to achieve compliant bunding
Secondary containment is an issue that storage terminals and refineries across the globe have been facing up to over the last few years, all following the catastrophic events at Buncefield in 2005...
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Are you ready for IMO 2020?
With less than five months until IMO 2020 regulations are implemented, Daan Merkestein examines the options and opportunities available for terminal operators and ship owners Starting from January 1, 2020, the limit for sulphur content in fuel oil for ships will be reduced from 3...
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Statistical analysis applied to LNG tank design
LNG as a clean source of energy has become a safe, economical and sustainable solution to meet ever increasing demands from the energy market, which has doubled in the last decade...
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Eliminating the valve seat leakage problem
Valve seat leakage is almost a universal problem in all parts of society because it is highly probable everyone has experienced a dripping water tap in a bathroom or kitchen...
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Achieving control and operational excellence in tank terminals
Arend van Campen examines the concept of control and explains how systems theory and cybernetics can ensure quality performance in HSEQ control and operational excellence I have trained people in many marine tank storage facilities worldwide and have observed that they were underperforming in HSEQ control and operational excellence...
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Six concerns that can affect loading-rack efficiency
Next-generation bottom-loading API coupler can overcome the challenges terminal operators face Without doubt, the piece of equipment that is the true workhorse in any type of liquid-storage terminal is the botto mloading API couplers that serve as the conduit between the loading arms and the tank truck...
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Wireless technology makes gas leak detection affordable for tank terminals
Liquefied petroleum products (LNG, crude oil, gasoline) and petrochemical/chemical feedstock are stored in tanks that are susceptible to leakages of toxic or combustible gases...
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Reducing devastating fires from hours to minutes
The Pi Foam system can extinguish potentially devastating blazes – such as the Jurong Island and Pulau Busing terminal fires – in a matter of minutes The Pi Foam system, a novel fire extinguishing system from Switzerlandbased Swiss Fire Protection Researchand Development AG, could very well be the best solution to protect storage terminals against devastating fires...
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Automatic conductivity meter doesn't give sparks a chance
Light mineral oils such as kerosene, petroleum or rolling and hydraulic oils are refined, cleaned and transshipped during transportation as well as at their destination...
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