Early morning lift-off of large infrastructure enhancements for the new NexLube facility, at the Port of Tampa, have been unloaded from the m/v BBC Indiana, at berth 208. The pieces are part of the massive construction underway at the NexLube site at Pendola Point, located just southeast of the terminal shown.
TAMPA, Fla.— The Tampa Port Authority is pleased to report the successful offloading this week of some of the largest project cargo handled at the Port of Tampa this year—large process units that will be critical components of the NexLube re-refining plant, currently under construction at the port.
The longest of the units offloaded at the port’s berth 208 is the Thermal De-Asphalting (TDA) Column, a vacuum distillation column, at 150 feet long, with a weight of 142 tons. The other two units offloaded are hydrofinishing reactors—one 83 feet tall, weighing 75 tons and the other 113 feet tall, weighing 140 tons. These impressively giant, scientifically advanced parts represent the heart of the NexLube waste oil processing operation.
The units were offloaded from the vessel m/v BBC Indiana, at the port’s berth 208, with stevedoring and terminal operating services provided by Ports America. The operation went smoothly, with all parties working well together, said David Tedford, EHS manager with NexLube.
“I must compliment all the crews that were involved in the off-loading and storage of the units. The BBC Indiana crew operating the ship’s cranes and rigging, Crane Rental Company on the ground, the Port America crew and Tampa Port Authority security all performed flawlessly, efficiently and safely together,” Tedford said.
The large and diverse Port of Tampa, with its expert labor and flexibility to handle the full range of cargoes, is well-suited for movements of large project cargoes.
“Project cargoes are a great fit for the Port of Tampa, and we are excited to see these large pieces at the port—not only because they represent cargo we are well suited for, but also because they are part of one of our most innovative manufacturers,” Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, said. “When operational, NexLube will provide a highly beneficial, ‘green’ alternative to the disposal of expired oil products. This company is a dynamic and inspired addition to the Port of Tampa,” Anderson said.
“We are pleased to see the arrival of these critical components for our plant. We are currently erecting the structural steel for the processing plant, and will begin setting these columns in mid-December,” Monte Bell, NexLube president, said. “We appreciate the support services provided by the Tampa Port Authority as we continue with our construction process.”
About NexLube Tampa
Established in February 2010, NexLube Operating LLC (“NexLube”) is a privately held company specializing in the production of base oils and blended lubricants through re-refining of used waste oil.
The first NexLube facility is located on a 12-acre site in Tampa, Florida situated in the Pendola Point area of the Port of Tampa. The Tampa plant will have a processing capacity of 28 million gallons of used oil per year. The facility—under construction since July 2012—will be operational in the first quarter of 2014.
About the Port of Tampa
The Port of Tampa is the largest economic engine in west central Florida, supporting nearly 80,000 jobs and generating almost $15 billion in annual economic impact. The port handles a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, and is a major cruise homeport and shipbuilding and repair center. The port is also the energy products gateway for west and central Florida, providing the consumer gas needs and jet fuel supply for Tampa and Orlando international airports. The Port of Tampa was recently voted “Simply the Best” for world-class customer service in a Logistics Management Magazine reader poll. For more information, visit www.tampaport.com