PRIVATISATION OF RICASOLI TANK CLEANING FARM
The privatisation of the Ricasoli Tank Cleaning Farm was concluded in 2012 through an open call for tenders. The Tank cleaning station offered a well-protected facility that could can take vessels up to 300,000 DWT minimum depth of water 10 meters
The privatisation project invited submissions from operators interested in operating a port reception facility for ship-generated residues, residue/water mixture of noxious liquid substances, oily residues and oily mixtures. This facility was operated by Ricasoli Tank Cleaning Limited, a Government-owned entity.
The fully equipped tank cleaning facility, which was the biggest one of its kind in the Mediterranean, contained its own berth to accommodate all sizes of vessel. The Jetty offered a hose handling rig from which is supplied steam, fresh water, hot and cold wash water, inert gas and compressed air. Hoses also provided for the acceptance of bunker oil, slops and wash water, thus allowing tanker owners to comply with international regulations. The berth had its own foam protection and sprinkler systems.
Furthermore, the shore-based storage tanks had 45,000 cubic metres capacity and were connected to the hose-handling rig through three separate pipelines. The tank cleaning facility operated its own portable tank washing machines and portable submersible pumps, and was manned on a 24 hours a day basis during tank cleaning operations. The use of inert gas was also available from the shore based boiler house, in addition to mobile inert gas generators. Gas freeing of tanks were also be carried out and arrangements were also available for de-sludging of tanks and disposal of sludge.
The operation concession was awarded through an emphyteutical deed in September 2012 to Ricasoli Port Facility Limited.