Loadtec Engineered Systems has created a new servicing company to provide servicing and support for road, sea and marine loading and access equipment.
Loadtec Service will be will be led by marine loading arms, ports and technology expert Martin Dicke-Künitz and Rob Williams, who has 20 years' experience in assembling, installing and selling equipment in the oil, gas and chemical industries.
Managing director Alec Keeler says: 'We hear so many stories about service teams that do not meet customer expectations, overcharge the client for spares and fail to arrive when promised. Some are poorly prepared, have little or no knowledge of the equipment to be serviced or, through poor communication, have assumed plant availability that just isn't there.
'We were very fortunate with our timings as we recently recruited two of the best experts in the world of marine technology and services. So we took the opportunity to plug this clear gap in the service industry by forming Loadtec Service.'
OPW Engineered Systems has brought to market the LYNX coupler to its line of terminal solutions.
The coupler incorporates a U-pin design that enables an operator to disassemble the couple in a matter of seconds. This design enables the operator to gain access to the internal components, perform maintenance and quickly put the coupler back in service.
Dave Morrow, director of products for engineered systems says: 'A single coupler might be responsible for the transfer of millions of gallons of fluid, so you want to shorten the service cycle as much as possible.'
Each LYNX coupler comes with a five-year warranty and it can extend the life of the wave spring as well as handle surge pressures up to 500 psi.
The project management consultancy contract for the development of Kipevu Oil Termial in Kenya has been awarded to Amec Foster Wheeler.
NIRAS awarded the contract to support the next stages in the development of a project by the Kenya Ports Authority project for the offshore relocation and expansion of the terminal in Mombasa.
The scope of the work is to provide technical support and expertise to NIRAS for the development of an engineering, procurement and construction tender package and the evaluation of tenders.
The terminal will be relocated to a site adjacent to Mombasa port berth 16 and 17. It handles more than 90% of the country's imports as well as transit products for Uganda, northern Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Eastern DRC and Southern Sudan.
Robert Penno, group president of the company's Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa and southern Europe business says: 'Having been involved in the initial design stage, we are pleased to take this project forward as it will add greatly to the port's capacity.'
Fort Vale has launched its new Safeload loading arm system, the latest addition to its range of products for the petroleum transfer industry.
The Safeload loading arm is the culmination of many months of research and development and analysis of customer feedback and features a balance mechanism, which combines industry-standard features with several innovative elements that deliver increased durability and safety.
The Safeload balance mechanism is manufactured in stainless steel as opposed to traditional cast steel with a coated finish.This ensures excellent corrosion resistance and inherent strength and durability.
The base swivel assembly incorporates a 3-seal and dual needle/dual ball race bearing combination for maximum axial and radial strength and performance. The specialist PTFE primary seal is rated to 400 Bar G, so is less prone to splitting in high-pressure operating conditions. The material is highly resistant to deterioration caused by product contact and affords the operator low-friction ease of movement.
Secondary and tertiary seals protect the swivel mechanism from dirt ingress, ensuring a long-lasting and hard-working installation. The base swivel also features a ‘swivel-stop’ device to prevent radial over-rotation and collision with adjacent loading arms. The stop bar is rubber-coated to ensure that there is no risk of spark generation.
Balance adjustment is controlled by gas struts. A limiter-bolt is incorporated as a failsafe to protect the loading arm and coupler from damage in the unlikely event of gas strut de-pressurisation.
As a superior safety feature, all the loading arm swivels contain an integral earth system, unique to the Safeload design, which ensures electrical continuity and eliminates the necessity for separate earth wiring.
The intermediate swivel and the coupler swivel are both of aluminium construction. A variety of spools and drop hoses will be offered and the coupler swivel has the option of a ball-end or D-style handle.
The balance mechanism can easily be configured to suit a top or bottom fuel supply as well as left or right orientation. All swivel/pipework flanges have industry standard drilling patterns to be compatible with existing terminal installations.
VTTI has awarded a client support programme contract to Rotork for the maintenance of critical valve actuation assets at its VTTV facility in Cyprus.
Approximately 400 Rotork IQ3 actuators controlled by Rotork's Pakscan 2-wire digital networks that manage the flow of media throughout the terminal have been covered on the 'tailor-made' CSP contract. The programme exploits the functionality of intelligent IQ3 technology with remote diagnostics and monitoring via dataloggers, enabling preventative maintenance to be organised with little or no interruption to plant operations.
The Rotork CSP involves regularly monitoring the current health and operable status of every actuator, keeping a full history of all activities performed and any parts used since the previous report. The information is analysed to provide a breakdown of critical, medium and low priority scheduled work and any corresponding unexpected work activities. Analysis also provides trending of actuator availability and reliability against agreed target costs and historical operating data as compared to agreed key performance indicators. Ongoing technical support further contributes to increased availability, reliability and improved performance.
Emerson Process Management has introduced the Enardo 850/950 series of wirelessly-monitored pressure vacuum relief valves (PVRVs) to the tank storage market.
The valves provide safety and emissions control by managing the pressure in storage tanks in the oil and gas, chemical, petrochemical and pharmaceutical industries.
The pressure in storage tanks fluctuates due to changes in temperature or liquid level. A PVRV opens and closes in response to these pressure fluctuations to ensure that safe pressure levels are maintained. However, because these PVRVs are located on the top of storage tanks, they are difficult to monitor.
The wireless valves by Emerson allows for an immediate response to prevent problems related to safety, emissions, and the quality of a tank's content.
Product manager Steve Attri says: 'Until now, PVRVs have remained unmonitored, with no feedback loops commonly seen in other pressure control devices. As the tank's primary pressure control device, this wirelessly-monitored solution can be invaluable.'
Emco Wheaton has announced the launch of two new products for the transfer of bulk fluids – the EW selector and the combi-cabinet.
The products have been designed to make the process of delivering bulk liquids safer, quicker and more effective.
The selector and cabinet means that operators will no longer have to travel along the API envelope of the vehicle in order to operate the system.
Driver coach, Bobby Blaire, based out of BP’s Grangemouth Terminal, has been trialling the equipment and is satisfied with the additional safety the EW Selector offers.
He says: ‘If there is a failure you are right at the point of control and it is much safer. You can visualise and see what you are doing every step of the way - from a control perspective, it is much better.’
Both the EW selector and the combi-cabinet were designed to be retrofitted onto tankers already in the field or provided as part of a new tanker system. Both can work hand-in-hand or as part of other current systems.
The EW selector is fixed directly above each loading or discharging adaptor, allowing the operator to quickly, simply and with reduced risk of error, select the product to be delivered without the need to move away from the tanker API envelope. It includes a compartment product grade selector which is able to indicate up to 10 different fluids. The solid-state modular control valve has been designed to operate individually or modularly as part of a pneumatic control system.
With all the connections consolidated in one place, the integrated system of the combi-cabinet reduces the need for complicated pneumatics and overfill prevention system looms in separate locations, allowing ease of access and safer operation.
Emco Wheaton's marine loading arms installed at NuStar's Corpus Christi terminal were used to transfer the first US export of crude to an ocean tanker.
The first shipment of crude oil in 40 years was transferred and loaded on Greek oil tanker Theo T on December 31, 2015 at NuStar Energy's North Beach terminal at the Port of Corpus Christi using three Emco Wheaton marine loading arms.
In 2014, the terminal experienced several investments, including a new metering system, vapour control system and dock structure.
Michael O'Neil, Emco's VP says: 'It is a great achievement for Emco Wheaton marine loading arms to play such an important role in US history and we are proud to be a part.'
The Hoerbiger Group has acquired Newson Gale.
The acquisition of Newson Gale, which provides solutions to disable uncontrolled discharge of static electricity and eliminating ignition sources, will strengthen Hoerbiger's business model further.
The company offers a range of safety-related products and services for explosion protection and check valves used in oil, gas, carbon and dust applications.
Previously, the majority of the shares of Newson Gales have been held by founder Ernest Kochmann and his family, with a minority being held by CEO Graham Tyers.
The purchase prices has not been disclosed.
Dr Martin Komischke, CEO and chairman of Hoerbiger says: 'Safety and explosion prevention technology are attractive growth markets which ideally complement Hoerbiger's core business and hold attractive development potential.
'With Newson Gale's reputation and know-how, we will strengthen our leading role as developer and global provider of performance-defining safety related components and services.'
Newson Gale CEO Graham Tyers adds: 'Hoerbiger is a buyer active in the industrial safety business with global market access and providing a stable financial background. Hoerbiger's vision of building a large safety division precisely matched our shareholder's expectations for the future of Newson Gale.'
PPG Industries' protective and marine coatings business has launched the PPG one series – a collection of three individual coasting products developed to provide industrial-level protection in a one-component package.
The three products include:
- AMERCOAT ONE coating – a truly single-component epoxy with the corrosion resistance of a two-component epoxy
- PSX ONE coating – a single-component, isocyanate-free acrylic-siloxane coating that unites the performance, colour and finish quality of a high-durability urethane with the easy application of a single-component
- SIGMADUR ONE coating – this delivers the durability, colourfastness and gloss retention of a traditional two-component urethane in a one-component package.
These products eliminate the pot-life issues associated with two-component coatings. They can be reopened and reused as long as container lids are properly resealed after each application, which significantly reduces waste and other related costs.
Diane Kappas, PPG vice president, protective and marine coatings, Americas, says: 'PPG ONE Series coatings use unique curing reactions, and PPG's formulas make them durable, affordable and easy to apply.'
'With their excellent colour and gloss stability and exceptional corrosion resistance, these coatings are not just designed for convenience. They also are engineered to offer world-class protection of assets in difficult environments and to provide a wide range of aesthetic options.'
An enhanced lease automatic custody transfer control system has been launched for liquid hydrocarbon transporting and storage companies, including truck and ship loading facilities and pipelines.
The Thermo Scientific AutoLACT system is designed to facilitate the transfer of liquid hydrocarbons from storage tanks or trucks to refineries or centralising processing facilities while accurately recording data for each transaction.
The AutoLACT system features the market-proven flow computer capabilities of the Thermo Scientific AutoPILOT Pro as well as an integrated human machine interface designed to ensure that operators capture each transaction in the system for true accountability.
Benjamin Fuentes, flow computer product line manager, environmental and process monitoring says: 'Hydrocarbon liquid transporters must precisely measure and account for the amount of liquid they are responsible for transferring.
'We designed the AutoLACT system for precise measurement in a single, secure unit, which simplifies installation and operation and benefits both the transporters and the destination facilities.'
The system also offers:
• Touchscreen capabilities that allow transporters to comply with API 6.1 (Metering Assemblies Lease Automatic Custody Transfer – LACT System),
• Technology to meet API 21.1 custody transfer requirements,
• An optional printer for immediate receipt printing needs,
• Additional security measures, including the ability to validate the identity of the driver and a grounding check to facilitate adherence to proper safety protocols.
Systems Navigator has been selected by Euro Tank Terminal (ETT) to analyse and find solutions for various bottlenecks that exist in current terminal logistics.
Analysis of the bottlenecks focuses not only on landslide infrastructure, such as pumps, pipeline availability and routing for specific product groups, but also on berth and marine loading arm availability.
To decrease vessel waiting and turnaround times, ETT, VTTI's terminal located in the Port of Rotterdam, and Systems Navigator formed an agreement to identify berth improvements and alternatives for tank to jetty connections.
ETT current handles K1, K2 and K3 products. To predict the impact of a new product mix at the terminal, various scenarios have been analysed using Systems Navigator's advanced simulation technology and their experience in terminal logistics.
As a result, Systems Navigator has been able to build a solid understanding of ETT's options within the changing market conditions.
A new smart flash infrared radar gauge with stilling well and an average temperature probe has been launched by L&J Engineering.
The increasing trend to install floating roof tanks has created the potential need for non-contact level measurement. On existing internal or external floating roof tanks that do not have a dedicated stilling well for mounting a level gauge, the typical level gauging device is a float/tape gauge with a float installed in a float pan on the internal floating roof.
Sometimes the maintenance cost associated with the float/tape gauge generates an interest in a form of non-contact level measurement. Without taking the existing tank out of service to install a dedicated stilling well, which is quite costly, the only alternative is to mount a radar gauge on an available nozzle a required distance from the tank side wall and try to focus the microwave beam to reflect off of the top of the internal floating roof.
This method often leads to accuracy issues based upon the non-linear movement of the roof and structures that may be welded to the roof.
L&J Technologies' alternative method utilises radar measurement for internal and external floating roof tanks. If the existing tank has an existing 'gauge pole' or hand gauge well, the cross sectional drawing indicates the company's solution of installing a new stilling well within the existing gauge pole well.
This method will also allow the insertion of an average temperature probe to allow for accurate temperature readings throughout the entire product travel in the tanks and also allows for a hand gauge port to provide for manual level checks.
The 1600 SFI radar gauge/stilling well fully complies to API 2350 Overfill Protection regulations.
Fort Vale has launched a new high-pressure version of its Safeload API coupler to complement its existing range. It is aimed at applications that demand up to 16 bar internal pressure on the rack and 10 bar when coupled.
Safeload was the first, and remains the only coupler with extended 'wrap around' latches that follow the profile of the API adaptor, covering over 50% of the circumference. This feature ensures maximum safety and security of connection, drastically reducing any risk of product leakage. In comparison to conventional narrow triggers, the increased surface area contact significantly reduces wear to both the latches and the adaptor, which prolongs the serviceable life of both units.
The existing model has been re-engineers to withstand the high pressure application. The spindle, crank and poppet have been re-designed to offer greater inherent strength and reduced turbulence, which enhances flow characteristics. Additionally, the new coupler has a smaller 'active pressure area' and a dual seal system, which reduces the effect of product displacement, making it easier to close the coupler against a retained line pressure.
The coupler also incorporates a new additional safety feature, the interlock latch, which is designed to eliminate accidental actuation of the coupler in case of lateral impact, thereby preventing the risk of product spillage. The interlock latch will be a key element of all the current range of semi-automatic and manual couplers by 2016.
To replicate the endurance testing previously carried out on the standard semi-automatic Safeload, the high-pressure coupler is currently undergoing 250,000 cycles where it is pressurised with fluid to 16 bar in the disconnected position, de-pressurised, connected to the adaptor and opened, pressurised with fluid to 10 bar, closed, de-pressurised and de-coupled. 175,000 cycles constitutes approximately five years of service at four operations per hour, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, representing a 'busy' terminal. At regular intervals, the coupler was removed and disassembled to monitor any wear and no significant wear is evident on critical components. The amount of liquid loss on disconnection has been measured and, over 100 cycles, is 74% less than the regulation permitted 5cc, which is based on just three consecutive disconnects.
No leakage from the sealing areas or castings was detected in various cycle and pressure pneumatic tests.
Euan Fisher, business development manager for Petroleum Transfer Products, says: 'One of our European clients has 150 Fort Vale couplers in service and has had zero maintenance issues after seven years of constant heavy use. The product comes with a three year warranty.
Europe-based Symex is one of the most innovative suppliers of activated carbon adsorption vapour recovery systems and the inventor of the revolutionary dry screw vacuum regeneration technology.
Many companies have copied the Symex technology, but unfortunately not always with the highest levels of success. Symex aims to support the end users of the technology to make these systems function properly and satisfactorily.
Symex technology, if installed and maintained properly, represents numerous advantages:
- Energy consumption is reduced to a minimum by using frequency controlled vacuum pumps enabling a flexible vacuum capacity proportional to the mass of hydrocarbon to be treated.
- The dry screw technology allows treatment of a wide range of hydrocarbons molecules as present in the vapours of petrol, diesel, naphtha, aromatic products, crude oil, alcohols, etc.
- The lifetime of the activated carbon is improved due to the controlled regeneration technology, which provides a balanced hydrocarbon charge on the carbon in adsorption and regeneration phase. In combination with an improved and proprietary vapour distribution system inside the activated carbon beds the dust-formation is limited to a minimum.
- The systems are simple, compact and easy to operate and maintain.