BP McKeefry tanker combination helps to clean up London 05 October 2012

Tanker operator BP McKeefry has introduced an interesting purpose-built tanker combination to its Basingstoke fleet, for operation in inner London.

The Volvo FH-540 8x2 rear-steer rigid, which has been equipped with a specialist tanker body by Crossland Tankers, is known within BP McKeefry as 'The Recycler', and has ADR certification for hazardous chemical use.

"Dennison Commercials really came to the party when specifying and designing this vehicle," comments Peter Esler, managing director of BP McKeefry.
"We initially went out to the market with our concept, but Volvo came back with the most technical detail, which aided us in making decisions and gave us confidence in their ability to deliver," he adds.

Several ECU modifications were carried out and the 540bhp version of the Volvo FH selected (matched to Volvo's I-shift automated transmission), as it is required to drive not only the truck, but also an auxiliary high pressure jetting pump and liquid ring vacuum pump.

The jet system can pump 500 litres per minute at 200 bar while the vacuum pump operates at 1,820 cubic feet per minute suction rate.

Importantly, the truck also recycles pumped water, filtering and recirculation it for jetting. Total tank capacity is 15,000 litres, with 13,500 litres for recycled water and 1,500 for clear water.

Esler makes the point that this recycling function means that the truck does not need to be moved to and fro for refilling – delivering significant efficiency and environmental benefits.

Meanwhile, a Volvo FH was specified instead of the company's normal Volvo FM420 6x2 trucks, because the unit is operated by a two-man crew who may be required to sleep in the truck overnight.

The XL cab includes two beds and was specified with Volvo's Driving+ package, which includes extra features for operator safety and comfort.

The new recycling tanker will be used for sewer and culvert cleaning, wet-well cleaning, gully and soakaway emptying, interceptor waste removal, blockages clearance, spillage clear ups, root cutting, and beany block cleaning.

It joins a total BP McKeefry fleet of 100 trucks and 200 tankers.

Brian Tinham

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