MODIFIED CONTAINER KEEPS EXPLOSIVES AND FLARES SAFELY CONTAINED
In a shipping container first for New Zealand, safety and survival company Survitec Group is using a modified container known as a Relocatable Explosive Magazine (REM) to safely store flares, rockets and live ammunition.
The bespoke storage container was developed by shipping container specialists Royal Wolf and is strong and robust enough to withstand a blast if explosive materials malfunction or are ignited.
Survitec, which is New Zealand’s longest running safety and survival supplier to the marine and aviation industries, provides marine distress signals, life rafts and other survival equipment to customers such as the New Zealand Defence Force, commercial marine and civil aviation operators, and recreational boaties.
The 20-foot REM container has 5mm thick steel walls and a 10mm thick steel door with the inside completely lined and insulated with timber.
Dave Chapman, Survitec National Sales Manager, says the need for the container arose when Survitec moved earlier this year from its inner- city site, which had an inbuilt dangerous goods bunker, to its Mt Wellington servicing and warehouse facility.
“The container is ideal because it is a bespoke design made especially for Survitec’s very unique storage needs. It’s also affordable because we’re able to rent it rather than having the capital outlay of building a purpose- built storage facility,” he said.
Chapman says the REM is a costeffective and highly efficient solution for companies like Survitec who handle dangerous goods.
“We constantly strive to not only comply with, but to set the standards for, health and safety within our industry, and the REM container helps make this process and meeting the relevant Health and Safety requirements much easier.”
Paul Creighton, Royal Wolf’s Executive General Manager New Zealand, says the REM is an example of the versatility of containers and how they can be modified for a wide range of uses.
“New Zealand’s stricter Health and Safety laws put more emphasis on how dangerous goods should be treated so we’re particularly proud of this container because it’s the first of its kind in New Zealand and takes storage of these sorts of materials to another level. Containers are an incredibly strong and solid structure with a 10 kPa protection level – and made from heavy gauge, corrosion resistant Corten steel. But they’re also very adaptable and there really is no limit to what you can make out of them and the REM highlights this,” said Creighton.
Q&A HOW DID THE REM CONTAINER IDEA COME ABOUT?
Containers are ideally suited to carrying and storing this sort of cargo and Royal Wolf’s development of the REM 20 came about to meet demand from customers requesting this type of product, firstly in Australia, and now with Survitec in New Zealand.
HOW WAS THE CONTAINER STRENGTHENED?
The REM 20 is not a standard container. Whereas the side panels on a general purpose corten steel container vary between 1.6mm and 2mm, the REM 20’s Corten A has 5mm thick walls, a thicker roof section and a 10mm thick steel door. The REM 20 has also been further strengthened with a 3mm thick steel plate floor and internal timber lining.
MORE DETAIL ON HOW IT WORKS AS A REM – SUCH AS THE PROTECTION RATIO AGAINST EXPLOSIVES?
Protection against explosives and other products such as flares and live ammunition is provided through installation of an antistatic lining and earthing bosses, provision of ducted explosion vents and an explosion resistant door, restriction of access to the container using keyed security door locks, and impenetrable vents. Additionally, it is installed with mineral wool insulation in the walls to protect from extreme heat and cold, the doors and vents are also protected from weather, and during use there are limits to the volume of material that can be stored in the container.
WHAT SORT OF WOOD IS USED AS INSULATION INSIDE THE CONTAINER?
The container is lined with a moisture controlled marine grade 18mm thick ply that is coated with white paint.