Marinas pose a high environmental risk due to their proximity to the ocean, harbours and public beaches – and are often under close scrutiny from the public, media and industry regulators to ensure they don’t contaminate land or pollute waterways.
The floating components of underground fuel systems at marinas also present unique challenges. Constant tidal movement can affect lines running along the underside of the jetty to the pump, and can also soften the backfill surrounding the underground fuel tanks, increasing the risk of damage and leaks.
In Australia, 36% of underground fuel tanks have some form of petroleum or diesel fuel contamination at the bottom of the tank, such as water, bacteria or sludge. Microbial growth or phase separation in fuel can lead to clogged filters and engine failure, spelling disaster for your members or customers.
12% of underground fuel systems fail an integrity test, indicating a potential leak or maintenance issue. Underground fuel leaks at a marina can lead to water pollution caused by oil spills, destroying marine life, damaging your reputation and potentially costing you thousands of dollars in clean-up costs. An estimated 50% of underground storage tanks in Australia are also steel, which significantly increases your risk.
Unmonitored underground petroleum storage systems (UPSS) are at a considerably higher risk of leaks and petroleum or diesel contamination. Australian UPSS regulations state that all UPSSs must have a continuous form of fuel leak detection in place.
As well as mandatory primary fuel leak detection systems, in NSW you must also have a secondary fuel leak detection system – such as groundwater monitoring – installed and inspected every six months. Our UPSS risk management technology suite can significantly reduce the risks you face at your marina.
Adding fuel polishing and restoration to our product line through Leighton O’Brien is another valued service to address fuel quality issues. We are extremely pleased with the design and efficiency of the units and provides a professional platform that fits our model well.Chris Biellier, Vice President
Leighton O’Brien is integral to our operation. We trust them to provide tank cleaning, testing and monitoring for our petrol stations around Australia. They are a smart engineering and technology company who I highly recommend.Terry Lunney, Manager – Assets, Facilities, Construction
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