A Japanese company, Nippon Kensan of Osaka, have been appointed licensed contractors by the Southampton-based company, Air Cushion Equipment Ltd., who developed the system of moving tanks by air cushion. They have already shipped out a complete set of tank-moving equipment to NKC. It is understood that the appointment results directly from the interest taken in the air-cushion method of moving tanks following severe pollution damage caused to Japanese fishing resources by a giant oil slick from a cracked storage tank at a Mitzushima refinery. Following a survey subsequently ordered by the Japanese Fire Defence Department of all storage tanks in the country, 500 are so far said to be in an unsafe condition and many of these, it is expected, will have to be lifted or moved by the air-cushion method, while their foundations, most of which are by the sea, are reconstituted. To learn more about the ACE system, representatives from 118 Japanese companies attended a presentation given at the British Trade Centre in Tokyo by Mr. Tim Horn, managing director of Air Cushion Equipment Ltd. It was arranged by the company's Agency in Tokyo, Essco Japan, in conjunction with NKC and their associates, Japan Development Consultants. Specialists in foundation work and soil mechanics, they are linked in with NKC to evaluate the problems of foundations and also to move the tanks where necessary.

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    Transportation Development Agency Centre

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  • Publication Date: 1976

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  • Accession Number: 00142642
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transportation Development Agency Centre
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 15 1976 12:00AM