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[post_content] => Royal Vopak was the first independent terminal operator to become established in Singapore in the 1980s, serving not only the burgeoning refining and petrochemical sector in the state but also the large market for bunker fuels. It is now also using its well-established facilities to investigate the possibilities opened up by new digital technologies.
“With support from Singapore Economic Development Board and Vopak's Global Innovation team, we have embarked on a digital transformation journey to achieve our Industry 4.0 ambitions. This means leveraging technology such as Industry Internet of Things (IIoT), big data analytics, mobile devices and robotics to create a safer, sustainable and more productive workplace, thus creating value for our customers and driving Singapore’s competitiveness to serve the industry,” says Tan Soo Koong, managing director of Vopak Terminals Singapore.
At its Sakra and Banyan terminals on Jurong Island, Vopak is piloting the use of innovative sensors to monitor the health of the product pumps. The data collected by those sensors is transmitted wirelessly to a cloud platform where smart algorithms predict potential equipment failures well ahead of time. This allows the terminal to perform predictive maintenance on its assets, avoiding unexpected downtime and impact on customers.
Vopak is also the industry’s first to perform an in-service tank floor inspection using an intrinsically safe robot. Traditionally, such inspections require the tank to be emptied, cleaned and ventilated prior to the actual inspection by human inspectors. This requires people to enter confined spaces and potential exposure to hazardous conditions. Cleaning and preparing the tank for entry also generates waste and vapour emissions. The use of remotely operated vehicles while the tank remains in service eliminates these needs, boosting our safety and sustainability ambitions. “Less downtime of our assets also means we can support our customers better to fulfil their business goals,” adds Tan.
READY FOR THE FUTURE
Vopak has also recently been investing in new capabilities at is Singapore terminals. The Sebarok facility has been expanded with 67,000 m³ of new tankage to handle marine gasoil in anticipation of the 0.5 per cent sulphur cap in bunker fuels being introduced by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in 2020. In line with a directive from the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), it has also adapted its bunkering operations at Sebarok to allow vessels to take on fuel from barges while also loading or discharging cargo.
Vopak has also opened the region’s first LPG import and distribution facility at its Banyan terminal to serve the local petrochemical industry. “Gearing towards becoming a strategic gas centre in the future, the LPG facility will also enhance the competitiveness of Singapore’s energy and chemical industry,” Vopak says. It has also made service improvements at the Penjuru terminal to service thr growing chemical market, and upgraded existing infrastructure at its sites to boost throughput capacity and more efficiently handle and blend different fuels.
“The commitment of Vopak to invest and reinvent itself over the last 35 years is commendable,” says Damian Chan, executive director, energy and chemicals, at MPA. “Vopak’s decision to use Singapore as a pilot location for its various digital initiatives is a strong testament to our innovation capabilities and adaptable workforce. Singapore is glad to be part of Vopak’s digital transformation journey, and we look forward to many years of fruitful partnership.”
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Vopak: Singapore plugs in
After 35 years in Singapore, Vopak is taking its terminals into the future with a focus on digital innovation and preparing for a changing market