11 November 2021
Excerpted from an interview with Louis-Philippe Gravel, Assistant Director of Operations for Servitank since 2020.
Halfway between Quebec City and Montreal lies the Servitank terminal in the Bécancour Waterfront Industrial Park. Its position is strategic – far from residential areas, on the shore of the St. Lawrence, with access to the Canadian National Railway (CN) – which enables Servitank to cover the entirety of the North American interior network. “For example, we receive railcars from Mississippi, every day,” says Louis-Philippe.
This industrial zone is the ideal location for an industrial project. Not to mention that the St. Lawrence Seaway gives you access to the world market: for years, Servitank has received ships from around the world.
“Several sites are available to build a fully turnkey project to receive raw materials.”
Liquid bulk stevedoring
Located less than one kilometer from port facilities, Servitank is connected to the B-1 dock section of the Port of Bécancour by a pipeline system that makes it possible to transfer liquid product directly from ships to tanks. The multiservice offering of port facilities makes it possible for the Servitank team to transship various types of vessels, such as liquid cargo ships, self-unloaders, and dry cargo vessels. In total, more than 40 vessels per year are loaded and unloaded at the Bécancour terminal.
Liquid bulk warehousing
The terminal has a total of 16 tanks connected by pipeline to neighboring plants or loading docks for railcars or trucks. Thirteen are accessible dockside, meaning that they can be connected directly to a ship. Products for the sanitation, mining, and gas industries are warehoused in tanks appropriately adapted for the type of operation (stainless steel, mild steel, insulated, heated, with or without agitators, and nitrogen tank inerting).
As previously mentioned, a railway connecting Servitank facilities to the CN railway makes it possible to provide transshipping service. A total of 1,300 tank cars are unloaded each year in Bécancour. Along with rail transshipping, our facilities provide tank car heating. Cutting-edge equipment enables us to track the technical specifications (temperature, pressure, weight, etc.) of products inside railcars in real time and fulfill customers’ operational requirements.
Self-serve truck loading
All tanks are designed to load and unload product by truck (transfer from truck to tank or vice versa). A safe and efficient self-serve system makes it possible for trained drivers to load their tanker directly on-site, 24/7. Up to twenty trucks are loaded every day at the terminal.