The one-stop-shop for the tank (container) industry - Europoort (NLD)
Right in the middle of the Port of Rotterdam 13 hectares of dedication to (tank) containers can be found. In just a little over a decade ITT (In ’t Veen Total Maintenance Tank & Silo) has developed into Europe’s largest tank container depot, TCE (Tank Cleaning Europoort) being its beating heart.
This is as close to an one-stop-shop as you can get. Over 3,000 tank containers can be stored, there is a special storage area for laden tanks, 24 heating locations, 13 cleaning bays, three steam boilers, a major waste water treatment (WWT) plant, a huge repair facility, N2 & Co2 purging systems, latex cleaning, all managed like a NASA launching facility.
Founder and owner Kees in ’t Veen was more or less seduced by his largest customer Kemira to move from Pijnacker to Europoort in 2004 with his transport company. Rising to the occasion Kees started with two chemical cleaning bays and one food bay. Partners for tyres, maintenance and repair were selected to complete the concept. Starting in 2006, no-one could ever have suspected the growth. In 2011 repair facilities were doubled, six additional chemical bays were added, while the existing cleaning facility was turned into a dedicated food cleaning operation. Meanwhile improvements of all kinds were introduced that really differentiated TCE in the market, e.g. two 200 bar cleaning bays, an air purification unit, SGF accredited Cleaning Guard system on the food bays, etc.
In 2018 TCE3 has gone fully operational, with four food tank container cleaning bays. All bays run with 100 bar plunger pumps fed with hot water. Two bays are multi-functional, i.e. they combine high pressure cleaning with Cleaning In Place (CIP). The system is completely integrated and automated. Without any manual interference, high pressure cleaning can be combined with a CIP circulation of cold water, a peroxide or a caustic batch. In this way even the highest demands of customers can be met.
With over 50,000 cleanings per annum and best-in-class housekeeping TCE is the worldwide benchmark for the industry. During a recent visit a customer summarised his feelings strikingly: ‘I just visited the Taj Mahal of tank cleaning!’