A Large Fertiliser Conglomerate, Finland
The first is carried out in Finland for a large fertiliser conglomerate.
The site receives railcars in two configurations for import of ammonia. The position of the tanker connections is such that, they can only use three of the four unloading spots, due to the working range of the existing arms. Changing the arms in isolation would provide the increased range necessary to unload four tankers simultaneously.
But the prevention of falls from heights meant that the only viable arrangement was to equip the bay with harnesses and wires. This being a 24/7 operation in a country where temperatures reach -40oC the client considered that a safer method of accessing the tankers was needed.
Carbis Loadtec developed a unique safety cage system which would enable the client’s operators to have unrestricted access to the whole of each tanker, with no risk from falls. These have special flooring that allows the rail tank cars ladders to pass through without obstruction, while the gap that may be between the cage and tanker is minimised or eliminated. The operator can access the full length of the rail car and position the liquid unloading and vapour return arm anywhere within the cage structure.
The connections are made using high pressure couplings and the design of the loading arms means that all that is required is simple and efficient guidance of the arms to working and parking positions. Each and every facet is covered and dealt with using a long term viability approach. The system is capable of dealing with constant traffic for long periods of time and will remain ahead of any foreseeable legislation tightening on all facets.