PROBLEMS WITH TANK CLEANING
I have thought fairly carefully before including this item, but what the
Your scribe has the good fortune to live in what remains of the fishing
village of Torry, now consisting of about three streets immediately adjacent
to the Marine Laboratory and the Shell base in Torry Dock.
It used to be really quiet, but in recent months there has been more
night work and as a consequence some noise from the cranes which are
hydraulically operated. Sometimes we are woken by that irritating beep beep
noise emitted by fork trucks going backwards. All this was acceptable, but
in April 2001 we were kept awake for hours by a constant low pitched tone,
which never varied from the time we first noticed it until we went to work
in the morning.
I rang up the dock to finds that it was a vacuum tanker owned by
Enviroclean and it was being used to suck the water out of the tanks of a
supply vessel which was being cleaning by a squad from that company. Some
might find this entertaining considering the business we are in.
After this had happened a couple more times I called the Shell PR
department and was put in touch with one of their managers who is in charge
of that sort of thing, and he said that they were not going to do this job,
using this equipment between ten at night and six in the morning. I was
pretty grateful and impressed by the positive response.
Weeks passed and then it happened again. I
called up to find that the cleaning had been taking place somewhere else in
the harbour altogether. It was worse than I thought. And I was told that
there was another of these vacuum tankers owned by another company - Taylors
- which was a lot quieter. The Enviroclean tanker had been imported from
America. What were we to expect! After all the American are not big on
looking after the environment.
The next time we were kept awake all night
they had made a mistake, but they had been told not to do it again. The next
time they were using the Taylor's tanker which they thought was much
quieter. It wasn't. Sorry they wouldn't do it again.
Meanwhile they have been doing noise
assessments in the streets to see what the effect of the base working is on
the environment. I wonder why they are doing that?
We have suggested that it might be better if
the ships cleaned their own tanks. After all we have provided tank cleaning
systems for many of them, and Toftjorg have probably provided systems for
the rest. On the plus side we have not been kept awake by tank cleaners this