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WHILE much of the news in the tank terminals business is about the boom in oil storage as a result of COVID-19, companies storing other types of products are continuing to see steady, less dramatic demand increases. One such business is Maastank, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Dekker Group, situated in the Botlek area of the Port of Rotterdam.

Maastank specialises in handling vegetable oils, fats, specialities, oleochemicals, base oils and biofuel. At present, it has 22 mild steel tanks and 52 stainless steel tanks, varying in size from 70 m3 to 2,400 m3, with a total storage capacity of 69,500 m3. There are 50 heating bays for ISO containers and flexibags, and the tanks can be heated up to 95°C. It has a central location in the Botlek, with facilities for loading and unloading barges and sea-going vessels, as well as road tankers, with good connections to the A15 motorway. Its jetty can accommodate ships up to 220 m long with a maximum tonnage of 55,000 DWT. The terminal has 14 loading and unloa...

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