Chemical handling services introduced to Australian market

Paul Boughton

Ferguson Group Australia, a global specialist in offshore DNV 2.7-1/EN12079 containers, tanks, refrigerated modules, engineering workspace and accommodation modules, has introduced a range of chemical services from its new base in Gap Ridge, Karratha, Western Australia.

The purpose-built base in Gap Ridge was designed with integral chemical storage and handling facilities. Dedicated bunded storage for dangerous goods/chemicals (Class 3, 6.1, 8, 9 and C1 combustible products) is available, with a combined total storage capability of 500,000lts 

Gap Ridge is within easy reach of ports, reducing the time taken to transport chemicals offshore. Market feedback highlighted that a large proportion of customers transported chemicals in offshore tanks from Perth, WA on a three-day trip to the port of Dampier. By offering bulk chemical handling and storage facilities at the new base Ferguson Group Australia can now provide an improved service. 

Bulk storage using self-bunded tanks can be set up on-site for customers, so that products can be called-off in offshore tanks and IBC containers at short notice and delivered to the point of shipping. Ferguson Group Australia staff complete with all dangerous goods shipping documentation. 

Sonnie Groombridge from Ferguson Group Australia commented: “We saw a demand in the market for bulk chemical storage and handling solutions to clients operating out of North West Australia. Our new base can provide storage of both hazardous and non-hazardous products that transit through the area to offshore facilities. This includes bulk storage of products on our site as well as associated chemical handling and filling of tanks. If customers require licensed bunded storage facilities in-between load outs, this is part of the new Tank and Fluid Solution service available at Gap Ridge.

Groombridge continued: “If dangerous goods are to be stored and the current licence does not cover it, we can now follow up with the Department of Mines and Petroleum to seek an amendment to the current licence volumes.”

Ferguson Group Australia has expanded its tank cleaning service to include both helifuel tanks and chemical tanks, using a purpose built helifuel recirculation and tank-cleaning unit. This specialised work is undertaken by fully trained team, and in accordance with the latest procedures. Tank cleaning services are also offered at its bases in Broome, Darwin and Perth.


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