Veolia takes benchmark standard ADR tankers from Whale 06 May 2015

Veolia’s hazardous waste fleet has taken delivery of three ADR [dangerous goods] tankers from Whale Tankers, which, it says, set the benchmark in safety and efficiency for transporting hazardous wastes.

Mike Jones, head of fleet for hazardous waste services at Veolia, explains that the tankers – two stainless steel and one lined – are part of a £300,000 investment by the company.

They provide increased payload for a large range of hazardous waste products, including flammable and toxic substances, due to the detail of the design – which was refined by Whale to reduce weight and to ensure compliance.

"We've worked with Whale for many years and the latest tankers ... have been custom built to a very high specification, enabling us to handle the largest range of products possible under the scope of ADR," states Jones.

"This is an example of Whale's understanding of our technical and operational needs, while also ensuring we meet all the latest ADR legislative requirements," he adds.

All three ADR tankers were specified with continuous rated Mistral 7 hydraulically driven air-cooled vacuum pumps and Molex valves.

Two have a fully-opening back door, full length sight glass and three man holes, as well as light-weight alloy hose racks and full-length Whale folding catwalk. The third is lined unit with a 900mm diameter rear door.

Chris Anderson, commercial director for Whale Tankers, explains that the company has been appointed by the VCA and accredited through UKAS to carry out periodic and intermediate inspections for tanks in accordance with the requirements of ADR.

"This means we are well positioned to provide the all-important national parts and service backup that is vital in the management and transportation of hazardous waste," he says.

Brian Tinham

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