Refinery Terminal Inspection, Maintenance, and Engineering Services

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MISTRAS offers complete and effective products and services for every step of your terminal testing, inspection, repair, monitoring, and maintenance.

Terminals are incredibly important for storing your products before they are processed. These assets undertake massive volume balances every month, meaning they are also subject to massive amounts of losses due to faults in your terminal’s integrity, in addition to creating serious safety hazards.

MISTRAS terminal protection services help you mitigate these risks by detecting small defects before they lead to further damage. Maintaining terminal asset integrity through regular inspections and maintenance helps your facility reduce costs by eliminating waste, protecting resources, and extending asset life. Preventing defects also helps reduce hazards by ensuring, environmental, mechanical, and personnel safety.

As an industry-leading, OneSource provider of asset protection solutions, MISTRAS Group is uniquely equipped to manage the inspection, engineering consulting, maintenance, and monitoring of your tank terminals. Our dedicated staff of terminal experts ensures all components of your terminal stay in operation, in compliance, and in safe working condition.

Refinery Terminal Inspection Services

Extensive terminal inspection allows asset owners to gather information about their equipment and componentry for future trending, analysis, and planning, allowing maintenance programs to be better designed and prepared.

Our terminal inspections cover every component in your terminal manor. We conduct inspections to API 510 and 570 codes, help you plan follow-up inspection dates, and calculate long-term and short-term corrosion rates on piping and vessels.

The terminal components we inspect include:

  • Absorbers
  • Dock Loading Arms
  • Filters
  • Manifolds
  • Piping
  • Strainers
  • Valves

We provide an extensive array of non-destructive testing (NDT) inspection techniques for comprehensive terminal inspection, including:

We’ll also prepare final reports and recommendations on inspection results and necessary repairs.

Some of the many terminal protection services MISTRAS provides include:

  • API inspections per API 510 (pressure vessels) and API 570 (piping)
  • Corrosion Mapping for buried piping
  • Corrosion mitigation and prevention through coating applications, cleaning, and removal services
  • Engineering assessments for repair recommendations or management-of-change (MoC)
  • Establishment of inspection procedures and programs
  • Field sketching and AutoCAD drawings of piping systems and vessels
  • Formal inspection reporting
  • Piping corrosion rate calculation and piping retirement prediction
  • Ultrasonic Thickness measurements

Marine Terminal Safety Procedures

A marine terminal is one of the highest risk areas at oil refinery and petrochemical facilities. There are a number of factors that contribute to the high level of risk when handling oil tankers or chemical ships:

  • Vessels are not part of the site’s normal operating regime – they only arrive periodically, and may have not visited the site in the past.
  • Vessel personnel are not part of the normal site training programs and will not be intimately familiar with site safety regulations and emergency response procedures.
  • Vessels are not subject to the site’s normal safety inspections and may not be maintained and operated to the same standards that are applied to the site facility and operations.
  • Vessels that arrive at a marine terminal are typically third party. Although some vessels may be owned and operated by the same company as the terminal, they typically fall under a different part of the organization or are part of an affiliated company. Bringing a vessel and terminal together for transfer of product combines two different and diverse organizations who may never have worked together before.

Because of the potential for accidents at refinery terminals, these locations require the same basic process safety elements that are used on mainstream refinery and chemical plant process units.

MISTRAS has a protocol specialized for conducting marine terminal facility safety audits, including:

  • Cargo Transfer
  • Effective Vessel Mooring
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Environmental Protection
  • Maintenance
  • Management & Organization
  • Procedures to Mitigate Marine Loading Hazards
  • Safety, Health, and Fire Protection
  • Ship/Shore Interface
  • Ship/Shore Interfaces

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