AFRICAN ADVENTURE – IFC’s African Adventure with Shore to Ship Bunkering Trailers.
Leading supplier of tanker equipment, IFC Inflow recently built and designed a mobile solution for the fuel transfer activities of a leading oil company in Africa. The client HannOil and leading oil supplier in Ghana, Goil, wished to reach a high level of performance for transferring fuel to their ships. HannOil approached IFC Inflow to help achieve a successful answer to Goil’s transfer of fuel between shore and vessels. Getting fuel from shore to ship is a time-consuming task and Ghana’s demanding marine environment and rough terrain make shore-to-ship fuel transfer a complicated task which can have costly repercussions when undertaken inefficiently. Goil stipulated several key characteristics that IFC Inflow’s solution needed to feature. The new system required the incorporation of fuel testing in addition to the ability to conduct safe and accurate fuel metering with faster loading; all as a mobile application. IFC Inflow’s 25 years of experience in supplying equipment for transfer loading and systems for safe tanker access quickly provided HannOil’s client, Goil, with a pump and metering trailer design which met all of their expectations. IFC Inflow produced two shore-to-ship fuel transfer trailers, both identical. They were fitted with diesel engine powered pumps with flow rates of 1500 L/min. additionally; bulk flow meters, fuel sampling points, air elimination and mechanical registers were also incorporated. Goil’s new trailers prevent expensive fuel spillages with the installation of stainless steel drip trays to catch any leaking fuel. The design also considered the harsh marine
conditions in which the trailers would be working in and so all pipework was manufactured in stainless steel. A 4inch bunker sampling point was fitted to each trailer, meeting the client’s requirement for fuel sampling. IFC Inflow’s bespoke trailer solution provided the leading Ghana oil name with mobile, high-metering accuracy and the capability for regular testing. Director of HannOil, Hanny Mouhtiseb, commented: “IFC have been efficient, professional and have provided excellent service to HannOil and our clients. We are happy doing business with them.” More details about IFC Inflow’s products and services can be found on the company’s website: www.inflow.co.uk