Rhenus Midgard began operating a tank wagon unloading station at Nordenham in July. The unit, which has been built for EUR 250,000, will be used to handle and store heavy oil for the new customer, Aegean Bunkering Germany. The unloading station has enabled the port logistics specialist to invest in the expansion of existing structures for its liquid goods business.
"Since this summer, our new tank wagon unloading station has provided us with a handling method that was not available in this form in the past. By using this unit, we can fill two of our tanks, which together hold 10,000 cubic metres. Heavy heating oil, which is required to operate ships’ engines, complements our existing handling and storage business for liquid goods in a sensible manner,” says Uwe Oppitz, Managing Director of Rhenus Midgard in Nordenham.
One block train per week with 24 tank wagons each containing 70 tonnes of heating oil has been arriving at the urban port of Nordenham since mid-July; Rhenus Midgard is both the owner and port operator there. The almost 1,700 tonnes of fuel arriving on each train from various refineries in Central and Eastern Europe – this corresponds to approx. 1,635 cubic metres – can be quickly and safely unloaded using the pump systems that form part of the new unit.
“The unloading process involves us working in a temperature-sensitive corridor,” says Malte Richter, who works in the business development department at Rhenus Midgard. “The heavy heating oil must have a temperature of at least 50 degrees Celsius when it is pumped out; otherwise it’s no longer possible to complete handling operations with this liquid in a problem-free manner.”
The freight and passenger vessels, which depend on the Aegean Bunkering Germany heating oil stored temporarily in Nordenham, obtain this fuel component delivered by tanker vessel, if required. “Nordenham is the ideal site for this task as a result of its location and its railway connections and Rhenus proved to be
very flexible when organising this project. As a heavy oil supplier, we’re very happy with the professional standards used for handling liquid goods at this port site,” Jens Reese, Bunker Trader at Aegean Bunkering Germany, stresses.
The Rhenus Group provides logistics services around the globe and has annual turnover amounting to EUR 4.2 billion. Rhenus employs over 25,000 people at more than 460 locations worldwide. The Rhenus business areas – Contract Logistics, Freight Logistics and Port Logistics – manage complex supply chains and provide a wealth of innovative value-added services.
Photos: Rhenus Midgard in Nordenham has been handling and storing heavy heating oil for its new customer, Aegean Bunkering Germany, since July this year. The port logistics specialist invested in a new tank wagon unloading station for this business. Photo copyright: Rhenus Midgard GmbH & Co. KG.
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