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Forbes ships to Kazakhstan

Posted: Tuesday 24th October 2006

Forbes charters a ship to export 42 large GRP treatment vessels to Kazakhstan.

Having successfully won a US$ 950,000 contract for 42 large GRP processing vessels for Kazakhstan, Forbes Technologies Ltd was faced with the problem of transporting these light weight structures to this virtually land locked country adjacent to the Chinese Border. Having investigated the possibility of shipping via the Baltic and through canals to the River Volga, which flows into the Caspian Sea, it was concluded that rail shipment through Russia was the most economic route. Despite the high cost of shipping the contract was won against stiff competition from the Chinese, who are near neighbours to Kazakhstan.

A 4000 ton ship was chartered being loaded at Berwick upon Tweed docks local to Forbes’ extensive manufacturing facilities in Kelso in the Scottish Borders. The contract for a series of processing & waste treatment vessels 3.5 metres diameter by 9 metres tall, were thought to be too large to ship by rail, once in Russia. However it was found the Russian rail system could handle loads as wide as 3.7metres, therefore allowing safe transport south to Kazakhstan.

The 100 metres long vessel sailed from Berwick upon Tweed to St Petersburg with all 42 tanks; some as deck cargo. These were then trans-shipped to specialized rail trucks in St Petersburg port area for the journey south.

All 42 processing tanks were manufactured in a high chemically resistant NPG based polyester resin / acid resistant E-CR glassfibre composite, these very robust, highly chemical resistant tanks are designed with earthquake loadings. Manufactured by automated hoop chopped winding process producing exceptionally strong tanks. The majority had large agitators with integral baffles built into the shells. The major reagents being used are highly aggressive ferrous & ferric salts in acidic solutions as used in sewerage treatment. With a design life of 20 years the tanks were specified to withstand acid & alkaline chemical solutions used in the waste mineral treatment process.

Forbes has over 46 years of experience in building tanks from a few litres capacity to in excess of 200 tonnes capacity, in a variety of plastics. These include polypropylene, HD polyethylene, UPVC, PVDF and sophisticated vinylester & polyester resin glassfibre laminates. They also design & construct gas & odour control scrubbers & chemical storage tanks in plastics materials for the water treatment related industries.

Melvyn Jupp, Director, states “That with the lack of expansion of manufacturing industries in the UK, Forbes is successfully developing a healthy export business to countries within the EU and Turkey, Romania, China and the Middle East. With our specialist knowledge built up over the past 46 years in chemical plant design & manufacture in plastics materials, we have a great deal to offer to the water treatment export market”.

Contact Details

Colin Wills

Downham Market,
PE38 0DR
United Kingdom

Tel - 01366 389625
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