High speed 400 l/min fuel cabinet dispenser connected to existing on site fuel storage
Client: Red Funnel
Site: Isle of Wight, UK
Red Funnel Ferries is the original Isle of Wight ferry service and one of the leading UK passenger and car ferry companies in the UK. They run over 13800 ferry sailings and 23000 jet ferry sailings a year.
Red Funnel identified an issue with how they refuel their car ferry. The process takes place at their Southampton terminal and the system relied on having to take a full tanker of 20-30 tonnes of fuel per delivery, often at inconvenient times to the ferry schedule.
Red Funnel required better control of both their bulk fuel stocks and the timing of their ferry re-fuelling along with a need to reduce their dependency on bulk tanker fuel delivery schedules.
Bulk Fuel Cabinet Dispenser: We proposed a version of our high speed 400 l/min fuel cabinet dispenser connected up to some existing on-site fuel storage. This dispenser includes a duty and standby pumping system supplying an Acuflow meter accurate to +/- 0.15%, with a mechanical counter and pulse transmitter for remote registering.
Due to the coastal location, the cabinet was specially manufactured in stainless steel to combat the effects of saltwater corrosion. It also features a built-in drip tray for environmental control and an easy view counter display window. Pump selection and control is provided via a weatherproof switch on the side of the cabinet.
LOADING BOOM: The connection to the ship is made via a post mounted 3” articulated loading arm fitted with a composite hose and dry break coupling to minimise the potential for fuel spills.
Red Funnel Ferries now have complete control of when and how much fuel they use on a daily basis and are able to manage their fuel stocks in a more efficient manner thus saving them time and money.
Rob Langley, Chief Engineer on the Red Funnel Red Falcon ferry stated, “The self-bunkering system allows us the flexibility to bunker as much or as little as we require to meet our daily operational requirements”