More About Our Port Information

Located around 160 kilometers North-east of Durban, the Port of Richards Bay was initially built in 1976 only for the export of coal, however has since expanded to cater for other bulk and break-bulk export cargo.  

The thought for a port at Richards Bay was first investigated in 1843 by Commissioner Henry Cloete who, in the wake of surveying the Mhlatuze estuary, concluded that it had ‘little’ or no potential as a harbor.

In spite of this negative assessment, the need for a port to handle the export of South African coal resulted in a harbor being built anyway. A little while later, a dedicated railroad line connecting the Richards Bay Port with the areas of Mpumalanga and Gauteng was built and harbor operations came into full swing. more…

Bunker Fuels in South Africa

Households across South Africa hold their breaths at the thought of a possible hike in the price of fuel. The shipping industry is not different because the cost of fuel severely affects the maritime market profitability.  At ABS we are focused on providing you with the highest quality bunker fuels in South Africa at the best possible price.

We are able to offer you competitive prices because we have long standing relationships with the worlds best fuel manufacturers. The same suppliers who supply the biggest names on the high seas with fuels are the same suppliers we have partnered with to supply bunker fuels to you. The needs of our customers are so important to us that we are even able to blend and create specific bunker fuels according to your company and industry specifications. more…

The Removal of Contaminated Hydrocarbons from Vessels

Produced water ordinarily enters the water-treatment framework from either a two or three phase separator, a free water knockout, a gun barrel, a heater treater, or other primary separation unit process. It presumably incorporates small amounts of free or dissolved hydrocarbons and solids that must be removed before the water can be re-used, injected or discharged.

The level of removal (especially for hydrocarbons) and disposal options are typically specified province, state, or national regulations. This blogs will discusses about procedures for the removal of free and dissolved hydrocarbons. more…

Bunkering in Richards Bay

The Port of Richards Bay is located roughly 160km north of Durban and 465km south of Maputo. Bunkering in Richards Bay caters mainly the Gauteng region, Mpumalanga and also harbor bound industries just out outside its borders.

Apart from the privately run RBCT (Richards Bay Coal Terminal) – the only largest Coal export terminal worldwide, Transnet Port Terminals run two terminals – the Dry Bulk Terminal and the Multi-Purpose Terminal (general break bulk cargo). Wide assortments of commodities are imported through the Transnet Port Terminals. Both terminals have a total of 14 cargo working berths, as well as the Small Craft Harbor, where additional berth space is available often used for heavy lifts or lay bye vessels. more…

What are Contaminated Hydrocarbons?

Hydrocarbons in whatever form are by and large the most common contaminant that requires remediation because of their far reaching occurrence and the dangers they pose to human health and controlled waters.

Total Petroleum Hydrocarbons (TPH) is a term used to depict hydrocarbon mixes got from Petroleum Sources. Common fuels, for example, Petrol, Diesel and Kerosene and Lubricating Oils/Greases all fall within the TPH banner. Because of the diversity compounds that contain TPH and the environmental and human health risks they present, the remedial methods used to address them should be considered on a site-specific basis. more…

How Our Bunkering Service Works

In our previous blog, we highlighted on the procedure prior to a bunkering operation on a ship. Let’s now look at how our bunkering service work; that during and after bunkering.

During Bunkering

1. At the beginning of the bunker the pumping rate is kept low, this is done so as to check that the oil is coming to the tank to which the valve is opened.

2. After confirmation that the oil is coming to the correct tank, the pumping rate is increased as agreed before. more…

What is Bunkering?

Bunkering is the supply of fuel for use by ships in a seaport. The term stemmed from the times of steamships, when the fuel, coal, was stored in bunkers. Nowadays the term bunker is generally connected to the storage of petroleum products in tanks, and the practice and business of refueling ships. Bunkering operations are situated at seaports, and they incorporate the storage of “bunker” (ship) fuels and the provision of the fuel to vessels. Bunkering incorporates the shipboard logistics of loading fuel and distributing it among available “bunkers” (on-board fuel tanks.)

Bunkering is one process on ship which has been the reason behind several accidents in the past. Bunkering on ship can be of fuel oil, sludge, diesel oil, cargo and so on. Bunkering of fuel or diesel oil requires extreme care and alertness to prevent any sort of fire mishap or oil spill. more…

De Bunkering, Ship Sludge and Slop Removal WITH ABS

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