Delivering efficiencies through innovative Inspection Techniques
Bureau Veritas has secured a UKAS extension to scope for the inspection of Ministry of Defence (MOD) tankers, which will enable our UK Technical Centre team to test MOD road tankers to ADR and long sea journey tanks to IMDG with fuels instead of water.
Regulations specify that hydraulic testing of petroleum tanks must be undertaken with water, but our team had identified potential issues with contamination or part-seizure if water was left in the tank of MOD tankers, particularly as they are used less frequently than commercial road tankers.
Tasked with developing its own inspection process to meet the demands of the MOD and UKAS, the Bureau Veritas UK Technical Centre spent more than a year working on specialist equipment and process techniques. This included gaining a thorough understanding of the unique characteristics of MOD tankers, how they operate, and particularly how they differ to standard road tankers.
Now, after two witness inspections and close scrutiny from UKAS, the national body for the accreditation of testing, inspection and certification bodies has confirmed an extension to scope.
Alan Clements, technical manager at Bureau Veritas UK, said: “Standard petroleum road tankers are used 24/7 but MOD tankers are only used for training exercises and during military action. When not in use they are put in storage and we knew from experience that if the tank is tested with water then stored without being completely emptied and expensively dried, it can cause contamination, organic growth, rusting or part-seizure of key components – and the MOD can’t afford to have tankers out of action.
“We wanted the ability to test using fuel and thanks to a long programme of development and innovation, we are now in a position to do that and offer a more efficient option for our MOD clients.
“Bureau Veritas is one of only three companies accredited to offer this service, demonstrating best practice and the highest standards that some organisations simply can’t offer. We are already working with the RAF, Army and the Navy to deliver efficiencies through innovative inspection techniques across their combined fleet.”