Coode Island Committee Update
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Terminals P/L to cease tallow storage
At its meeting on 10 July 2003, George Horman, Australian Manager of Terminals Pty Ltd, told the committee that the volume of tallow being exported through Terminals had dropped significantly with the rural down-turn. Terminals will now take the opportunity to upgrade their tallow tanks ahead of schedule, and bring them back into service for general non-hazardous materials (such as lube oil and canola, for example). This will create space elsewhere in the facility to assist in the upgrading of other tanks.
John Leahy, Business Risk Coordinator for the Port of Melbourne Corporation, told the Committee about the work being done to improve port security. After September 11, the International Marine Organisation has quickly developed new security standards, including an International Ship and Port Security Code (the ISPS Code).
The Port of Melbourne Corporation is now reviewing its facilities, starting with Coode Island, P&O Ports and Station Pier. A pilot study of security at Maribyrnong No 1 Wharf is now 90% complete, and will provide a model for the security review of the other facilities.
A significant improvement to safety and security is anticipated when traffic from P&O Ports is separated from the other bulk chemical traffic at Coode Island. Mackenzie road will be narrowed for traffic associated with chemical storage, and the eastern edge will be devoted to a one-way system for P&O Ports container traffic. This improvement must await Terminals move from the east side leases.
Richard Pike, the manager of the Pacific Terminals facility at Coode Island, provided a useful overview of his firm’s facility. Pacific Terminals handles some 110,000 tonnes of product each year, of which some 12,000 represents imports of chemicals, and 98,000 tonnes is tallow and vegetable oils (50,000 tonnes exported, 48,000 tonnes imported).
The products include two Class C1 products, one of which is solid at room temperature, and needs to be heated to about 60º C to pump. Other products include lube oil additives, epoxy resins, wax, tallow and a wide variety of vegetable, coconut and palm oil.
To make tallow white for use in foodstuffs it is bleached with bentonite. About 30 tonnes of waste are produced annually, and are recycled through Organic Recycles for compost and potting mix.
Pacific Terminals is positioning itself to expand its non-hazardous storage business, with new tanks being considered. The CICCC suggested that when the plans are better defined, further liaison prior to submitting any Works Approval application would be desirable. Richard readily agreed with this suggestion.
Next meeting of the CICCC
The next meeting the CICCC will be held on Thursday 14th August 2003 at the Maribyrnong Town Hall on the corner of Hyde and Napier Streets, Footscray at 6.30 pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting
Robin Saunders, Chair CICCC,
15 July 2003 CICCC