inside of tank during industrial tank cleaning services

One of Sabre Jetting’s most recent project’s involved Hydro blasting a gelled Vessel. The vessel contained polyurethane which had reacted, the resin had gelled together so was no longer in liquid state but a solid state which could no longer be pumped from the vessel.

Following a call to discuss the industrial tank cleaning task in question and a site visit to survey the project, Sabre Jetting mobilised a team of four operatives, a 1400 BAR tanker jetting unit, a 20mᶟ vacuum tanker unit and an auxiliary 2” diaphragm pump. They travelled to site in the North East and began removing the resin from the vessel.

inside of industrial tank during tank cleaning services

The best removal method was quickly established which consisted of the team entering the vessel. This decision was due to the strength of the resin and the need for safe, timely completion of the removal. The team worked 12 hour shifts for 6 days, removing approximately 10 tonnes of gelled polyurethane resin efficiently and successfully.

Throughout the operation two team leaders and six operatives were deployed. Both team leaders had 15+ years’ experience and everyone’s training consisted of:

  • City and guilds medium risk confined space
  • NVQ level 2
  • WJA safety awareness including a hydro-demolition module
  • CITB site supervisor
  • Safety critical worker medical

Key Job Information

• Rubber Lined Tank – 3 Man Team – Confined Space – Rescue Plan

This week’s job consisted of the removal of rubber from inside of a road going tanker.

The rubber lined road going ranker consisted of 4 no. areas with one access, same access for egress making it a confined space to carry out water getting within.

The Operatives working on the job would enter the rubber lined tank via a ladder whilst connected to a harness, from these the Operatives would make their way through the open way into each baffle to get into the location of works.

The rubber lining was removed using a rotary barracuda nozzle using High Pressure water jetting techniques.

Each section of tank took approximated 3-4 hours depending on the thickness of lining remaining which in areas were inconsistent, which includes front baffle wall, rear baffle wall, soffit, two sides, and floor.

After all High Pressure Water Jetting works had completed and all lining removed, the operatives washed the tank down leaving it spotless.

All rubber arising leaves the road tanker via the outlet which is gathered neatly ready for disposal.

Finally, we request that the client carries out a visual inspection and passes the work off.

Equipment Used for tank cleaning services
• Rotary Nozzle
• BA Rescue Set
• Harness
• 110v Lights
• 110v Extraction Fans
• 1x Tanker Based Jetting Unit
• Team Leader, Operative, Topman


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