Automatic booms enhance safety in the oil terminal

CMP is now investing in new environmental technology to increase safety in Malmö oil terminal. An automatic system for laying out oil booms is going to be installed after the summer.

– Safety in the oil terminal is already at a high level and we have hitherto been spared any spillages, says Åke Åkesson, general manager within CMP. All loading and unloading is supervised by personnel in depots and on the quaysides, as well as by the crews on board the ships. We are also continuously making investments to ensure that loading arms, piping and drainage systems, as well as other technology, maintains a high class.

Until now CMP has been referred to oil booms that are placed out by the emergency services if a spill was to occur. First the emergency services have to be alerted via 112. When they arrive the booms are put out manually from a boat in the docks.

– We have now decided to invest in a new system that is automatic and flexible and which enables the booms to be put in place much more quickly, says Åke Åkesson. The installation will take place during the autumn.

Brilliant solution
The Göteborg-based company SP Marine AB is behind the automatic boom. The boom is about 800 metres long and is located on a drum in a frame at the quayside. The boom is attached to an electrically powered ASV boat (Autonomous Surface Vehicle). It looks like a small torpedo and is launched on rails.

– The boom can be released by means of a remote control – a mobile phone for example, says Ove Petersson, development manager within SP Marine. The ASV unit is supported by GPS and other technologies, and is guided along a pre-programmed route to a docking station in the docks, where it automatically takes hold and thereby secures the boom in place.

And it is fast. From when the boom is triggered it only takes 5 – 6 minutes for the boat to reach one of the three docking stations that are being constructed in the oil terminal.

– The technology is of interest from an environmental point of view as it improves the chances of rapidly containing a spill, says Måns Krook, fire engineer at the Emergency Services. Time is always crucial in conjunction with a spill. With the old procedures it took 25-30 minutes at best before the boom was in the water and hooked up and ready. The time will now be considerably reduced.

The ASV boom system is patent pending. CMP will be the first port in Sweden to install the new technology, but there is great interest from ports both throughout Sweden and abroad.
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