Case Study: Seabulk Asia Supply Vessel Tank Cleaning

Location: Abu Qir Naval Port, Alexandria, Egypt

Client: BP Egypt

During a scheduled visit to the Abu Qir Naval Port, Sureclean were commissioned to carry out the removal of Oil Based mud from 10 x mud/brine tanks onboard the Seabulk Asia supply vessel and subsequently clean to a brine standard.

Sureclean Scope

Provide Confined Entry Trained ex-pat supervision and local manpower and equipment in order to remove approximately 100 tonnes of heavy barite mud before cleaning all tank internals to brine standard utilising HP cleaning methods.

Technical Challenge

Implementing a Safe System of Work which incorporated minimal man entry to provide high standard of cleanliness.

Restrictions / Considerations

  • Hazardous Environment - Confined Space Entry Working, access and egress.
  • Implementing a safe system of work minimising man entry.
  • Introduced vacuum transfer methods for the removal of all solids, thus eliminating the risks associated with manual handling.
  • Transfer and containment of all waste.

Key Facts

  • Project completed without safety or environmental incident.
  • Involved a total of 17 x Sureclean personnel.
  • Removal of a total of 96.4 Tonnes of solids waste.
  • Commendations received from the client which resulted in Sureclean being awarded additional work scopes from client on several vessels.

Additional Information

The normal hazards associated with such a project were heightened by the complexity of the tank entry point. However the use of vacuum transfer technology enabled the project to be completed both safely and efficiently, significantly reducing the requirement for man-entry and associated risks.