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[post_content] => Goodrich Maritime’s new integrated chemical logistics park at the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza) in the UAE officially opened on 2 May 2019. The park has been lauded as the most prestigious project undertaken by Goodrich to date and was developed to provide efficient and high-quality solutions to regional logistic concerns.
The state-of-the-art facility was formally opened by His Excellency Mohammed Al Muallem, CEO and managing director of DP World. There was an impressive ceremony attended by many of the most prominent members of the chemical and logistics community in the region.
The project began when, during a call with a customer in Saudi Arabia about liquid cargo, it was noted that alternative solutions to existing regional logistics issues were desperately needed. After further discussions, Goodrich was confident that it would be able to provide a suitable solution for the client by transferring the liquid cargo by road to Jebel Ali. Ideas began forming and momentum developed into research into the deeper regional logistic issues. Eventually, a collective study of the needs of the region’s speciality liquid chemical traders and manufacturers’ requirements had taken place, and the foundations for constructing a storage facility for aggregation and distribution at Jafza started.
There was plenty to keep in mind when designing and selecting a location for Goodrich, particularly location, safety and ease of use. Jebel Ali was an immediate location choice as it is perfectly situated to offer great ease when it comes to conducting business. The available land fit all the essential criteria, including excellent road, sea and air access and rapid connections to one of the most important hubs in the Middle East.
Safety has always been at the forefront for Goodrich projects. Consultants were appointed to ensure that all safety aspects would be met and evaluated throughout the development and Goodrich directors instructed their own teams to meet the requirements.
Being able to offer a large number of solutions for clients in the region was the reason the project began, and it has remained one of the key considerations. The tank farm has 18 storage tanks, 17 of which are in carbon steel, with one in stainless steel for corrosive products. This provides a great deal of flexibility when it comes to the materials that can be held. All tanks have been designed in accordance with API 620 and offer nitrogen blanketing.
Two of the carbon steel tanks are fitted with coils for steam heating, a third is insulated for temperature-sensitive goods and a fourth tank comes with agitators to facilitate the blending of two or more products. The tanks range from 100 m3
to 1,190 m3
For other storage needs, the facility has a temperature-controlled warehouse that is able to store up to 450 drums of chemicals of varying classes. Again, flexibility for users was a main consideration for Goodrich when designing the warehouse.
DRUMS TO TANKS
The facility can swiftly and safely accommodate a range of drums from the drum filling station. Depending on the product density, it is possible for up to 50 drums per hour to be filled and prepared for transport. There is also the ability to cater to tank containers, road tankers, flexitanks and more for both loading and unloading, including cross-transfer operations.
Alongside the bulk storage terminal is a tank cleaning and repair station, fully equipped to serve the needs of global tank operators, tank leasing companies and local hauliers. The tank cleaning station offers controlled washing programmes, high-pressure pumps of 100 bar and spinners with a maximum capacity of 100 litres per minute to provide an exceptional clean. Goodrich’s new station follows the highest accents on safety, quality and throughput time to rank it as one of the most effective instalments globally.
Due to the wide range of vehicles using the facility, a 100-tonne capacity weigh bridge has been installed to accurately provide information and data on the mass of products in and out of the area.
Finally, a highly sophisticated and technologically evolved chemical wastewater treatment plant is on site. This equipment has the capacity to render around 60 per cent of the waste water available for reuse, lessening the environmental impact and providing cost savings. To add to the environmental sustainability of the facility, the office complex has been built in compliance with US Green Building requirements.
The Goodrich Jebel Ali integrated chemical logistics park is DCD-approved, NFPA-compliant and in the process of acquiring the highest certifications in international standards, including SQAS, CDI, OSHAS, Responsible Care, ISO 9001 and ISO 14000.
Looking forward, there are no set plans for what could be done to expand the plant, but with 3,500 m2
of usable land still available in the immediate vicinity, expanding the tank capacity could well be an option.
[post_title] => Goodrich: A desert oasis
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