Vopak contract win for Cleveland Fire Brigade Risk Management

Published:  26 November, 2014

Cleveland Fire Brigade’s growing risk management company wins three-year contract to provide round-the-clock emergency support at Vopak’s Teesside Terminal at Seal Sands (UK).

CFB Risk Management will provide 24/7 emergency response and crisis management support, incident command and control training and exercising and a stand-by emergency control centre (ECC) in the event of a major incident.

Royal Vopak is the world's largest independent liquid bulk tank storage service provider by capacity, specialized in the storage and handling of oil products, liquid chemicals and gasses. As from 11 November 2014, the company operates 80 terminals in 28 countries with a combined storage capacity of 33.5 million cbm, with another 4.5 million cbm under development, to be added by 2017.

Vopak’s mission is to ensure safe, reliable and effective storage and handling of bulk liquid products at key marine locations that are critical to its customers around the world. The majority of its customers are companies operating in the oil, chemicals and gas sector, for which Vopak stores a large variety of products destined for a wide range of industries.

The contract is the latest in a series won by CFB Risk Management, the Community Interest Company (CIC) set up in 2011 to provide high quality and cost effective risk management services to the high hazard private sector. The range of specialist services it provides to help high hazard industries protect personnel, assets and avoid costly disruption to production includes fire safety management, emergency planning, fire engineering, emergency response and training and exercising.

The first company of its kind to be set up in the UK by a Fire Authority, CFB Risk Management expects turnover to be more than £2m ($3m) in the next financial year.

‘We see this latest contract as another major vote of confidence in the services we are providing to industry and that our expertise and experience is being recognised and valued,’ said Gary Cawley, Technical Director CFB Risk Management. ‘International companies such as Vopak have very stringent tendering procedures and we are delighted to have won this three-year contract.

‘We are already working with Vopak’s neighbour Ineos Nitriles at Seal Sands so this latest contract extends our coverage in that area,’ he added.

‘Vopak Terminal Teesside is delighted that we have reached an agreement with CFBRM for the provision of these critical services. Safety is Vopak's first priority and being able to team up with CFBRM whose skill and expertise is internationally renowned is very pleasing,’ said Ian Cochrane, Managing Director Vopak Terminals UK.

Left to right: Gary Cawley, Technical Director, CFB Risk Management, and ‎ Ian Cochrane, Managing Director, Vopak Terminals UK.

CFB Risk Management has invested heavily in state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and staff training. The latest investment of £100,000 ($150,000) has created a state-of-the-art Incident Command & Crisis Management Training Facility at its Learning and Development Centre in Teesside which is open to industries operating in the UK, Europe and the Middle East.

It includes the world’s first integrated Training & Exercise System in an exclusive deal with strategic partners VectorCommand and includes four fully equipped sector command rooms, an incident command suite and Emergency Control Centre.

The level of interest was so high for an initial Open Day at the facility that a further two events were held to meet the demand, three more are planned for early December and more will follow. The Open Days give industry leaders the chance to see the facilities and learn at first hand how CFB Risk Management can help to deal with every level of an incident from operationally and tactically to strategic long-term planning.

‘Delegates from more than 30 blue-chip companies attended our first Open Days and the feedback has been exceptionally positive,’ said Mr Cawley. ‘They are helping us to win contracts by demonstrating our expertise and the decades of experience we have built up in one of the largest clusters of high-hazard industry in Europe.’

The company now has one of the largest COMAH complicit workforces in the UK with the skills and competence to work in a multiplicity of high hazard situations. It employs more than 30 full-time staff plus a further 150 part-time skilled support staff and has a bank of 500 more who are available when needed.

CFB Risk Management has contracts in place with major blue-chip companies in the oil and gas, nuclear and petrochemical sectors across the UK and a number of significant developments in the Middle East and Europe are at an advanced stage.

All CFB Risk Management profits go into community projects that improve safety for thousands of families in the Tees area. ‘Every contract that we win is specifically tailored to the individual company so our bank of knowledge and experience is always growing and improving,’ said Mr Cawley.  

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