LIQUID CARGO HANDLING TO BE GIVEN A BOOST IN SOUTH AFRICA
Via: Africa PORTS & SHIPS Maritime News
Pro Liquid, the specialist liquid offloading services and equipment provider, is due to open its first African branch in Durban, South Africa at the beginning of 2018 to serve the African and Mozambican maritime markets.
With an almost 40-year history in the international market, Pro Liquid offers 24/7 worldwide solutions such as off and on-loading of any type of liquid cargo, de-bunkering operations using portable pumping equipment, salvage support services as well as the delivery of fire-fighting equipment, pumps and powerpacks, equipment sales, rental and repair.
The Durban office, to be manned by Frank Veenstra, forms part of the company’s expanding network of operational offices in the Netherlands and Singapore.
“Our core business is assisting vessels, oil platforms and other floating platforms with their pumping needs but we are also able to assist the on-shore clients with their pumping needs. A great example is our assistance with the clean-up and de-sludging of several API oil/water separators at one of the biggest refinery’s in South East Asia,” Veenstra explains.
“Furthermore we will soon be in the position to offer onsite reconditioning of off-spec bulk liquid cargoes such as chemicals, fuels or bio-fuels,” said Veenstra ahead of the opening of the South African branch. “This reconditioning service can be provided on site at shore installations or on board tankers during the voyage by using our portable equipment and highly trained technicians to avoid extra costs.”
Veenstra, who has a background in the oil and chemical inspection sector, has been involved in cargo superintendent work for leading shipping companies over the last seven years and is optimistic about the future of Pro Liquid in South Africa. “Our goal is to hire and train local technicians for the market and the prospects look promising,” he says, adding that further South African branches are likely.
The Durban branch is already equipped with a range of pumping equipment including diesel hydraulic powerpacks, submersible portable pumps, booster pumps, cargo hoses etc. All equipment is portable and can be mobilised within several hours after the call is made.