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November / December 2021

Stolt opens in Grangemouth

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Stolt Tank Containers ( STC ) has expanded its global network with the opening of Tank Wash Scotland Ltd , a new ISO tank depot in Grangemouth , Scotland . Grangemouth is Scotland ’ s largest port , handling nine million tonnes of cargo and over 225,000 shipping containers and is an ideal place for the depot to support customers given its convenient connections to the local rail freight network and close proximity to Scotland ’ s main road arteries . The depot provides state-of-the-art cleaning , heating , storage and repair facilities for road-tankers , third-party tank container owners and STC ’ s own tanks . It features one segregated drive-through food bay , six fixed food bays , two drive-through chemical bays for road tankers

Stolt ’ s investment in Grangemouth supports the Scottish Whisky Association ’ s ambitions for a circular economy and ISO tanks , three test bays , three hot work repair bays , 12 steamheating bays and parking for 30 trucks . A wastewater treatment plant offers a sustainable solution for handling waste , limiting water use and reducing transport-related CO2 emissions . STC president Michael Kramer said : “ I am delighted to announce that our latest depot is now up and running . Our long-standing relationships with customers , coupled with the expertise of our highly experienced local team will deliver value and quality to local markets . This is another step in our journey to optimise logistics by investing in facilities close to our customers and the digitalisation of our processes .” STC believes that its investment in modern , efficient facilities at Grangemouth significantly improves the standard of tank cleaning across Scotland . In addition to aligning with STC ’ s sustainability strategy the investment also supports the Scottish Whisky Association ’ s ambitions for a circular economy and transitioning to net zero by 2040 . The site is a member of the National Road Tanker Cleaners Association ( NRTCA ) and the European Federation of Tank Cleaning Organisations ( EFTCO ). Its high standards are recognised by SQAS certifications for tank cleaning and food handling . When fully operational the Grangemouth site has the capacity to house 240 tanks and will serve the needs of customers in the local petrochemical industry and food and drink sector , which is by far Scotland ’ s largest export market .
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Milkyway expands

In China , Milkway Chemical Supply Chain Services is acquiring Shanghai Stolt Container Service Co , a tank depot based in Shanghai . The acquisition will greatly enhance Milky Way ’ s tank container service capabilities in East China , the acquiring firm said . Milkeway currently operates three depots in China - Shanghai , Zhangjiagang , and Yingkou – processing some 2,000 units a month . The group says it will continue to increase investment in new facilities in China ’ s coastal port cities and chemical parks , improve independent technology research and development capabilities . By 2023 , it is expected to own and operate 10 depots .

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New home for UCD

The warehouse has 4,000 sqm of space available for the storage of commodities , and is monitored by surveillance cameras and permanent on-site security

South Africa ’ s United Container Depots ( UCD ) has moved from its location in Paarden Eiland to larger premises in Beaconvale , Parow . The new site boasts a container stacking area of more than 20,000 sqm , warehouse space of 4,000 sqm dedicated controlled atmosphere ( CA ) gassing area for up to four trucks , three empty container handling machines , 120 reefer plug points as well as dedicated collection and drop-off truck lanes . With a laydown area double the size of the previous depot , the new site is able to accommodate a capacity of more than 3,600 TEU . Andrew Sturrock , a member of Grindrod Freight Services executive , said : “ This is the first new site for UCD since we opened the depot in Paarden Eiland in the early 1990s . Over the years we have adjusted our business model from operating as a general purpose depot to now focusing on 60-70 percent reefer-oriented work . Having doubled our current capacity , we can now offer our customers a more streamlined system of container movement through the yard .” Marcus Twine , CEO of SGM Technical added : “ The Paarden Eiland depot served us well but we are excited about being able to offer our clients a more seamless , smooth processing of inbound and outgoing trucks . We have cameras recording all in and out-bound traffic with secure electrified fencing around the premises . There is also a larger workshop area now for container repairs and we will look at increasing our technical staff complement to service our growing depot .”

The new container stacking area of 20 000 sqm is significantly larger than UCD ’ s previous site in Paarden Eiland and can now accommodate over 3,600TEU
UCD is accredited warranty service agent for Star Cool , Daikin , Carrier and Thermo King reefer equipment manufacturers as well as agent for third party CA suppliers Liventus and Purfresh in Cape Town and Johannesburg . All technicians are well trained and compliant in order to service the units on behalf of the manufacturers and customers . Bahlmann continued : “ UCD is proud to have a well-established footprint in added reefer services such as callouts , reefer monitoring , vessel spares deliveries and replenishment kits and reefer part sales , to name a few . Our reefer service in Cape Town is available 24 / 7 / 365 and our shift system allows our customers the peace of mind in knowing that someone is always available to attend to their afterhours reefer queries .” UCD currently has depots in Johannesburg , Gqeberha and Durban . UCD is also looking at acquiring another site in Durban in the near future . Using the Beaconvale model as a guideline for the new branch , we will adjust the site layout accordingly if required . UCD is owned by Sturrock Grindrod Maritime ( SGM ) and , along with its sister companies Hesper Engineering , NovaMarine and SwiftNova Engineering make up the SGM Technical Division within Grindrod Limited . SGM Technical offers solutions ranging from marine safety equipment and servicing to steel / pipe fabrication , mechanical repairs as well as blasting and coating services to all types of vessels .
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