A Tricky Seaplane Fuel-Delivery Setup

By OPW | Apr 27, 2012

Way back in 2004, discussions began for a new permanent seaplane terminal as part of a project to expand the size of a convention center to 1.2 million square feet in the city of Vancouver, British Columbia. A new seaplane facility was needed because the existing one was old and antiquated, and was having an increasingly difficult time meeting the existing standards for operation. Fast-forward eight years and the dream of that new seaplane terminal has become a reality.

To devise an efficient fuel-delivery system for the upgraded facility, creative thinking was needed. Because the design of the facility needed to meet rigorous environmental standards, the fuel storage tanks could not be located near the seaplane docks. Instead, they were placed in vaulted rooms situated beneath the convention center. To further complicate matters, the setup does not allow fuel delivery trucks to park near the tanks for unloading purposes, but rather 300 feet away.

Maneuvering A Successful Setup

With this in mind, it was recommended that the fuel-control system include OPW Fuel Management Systems' SiteSentinel® iSite™ Automatic Tank-Gauging SystemFSC3000™ Fuel Control System and C/OPT™ Fuel Island Terminals in its upgraded setup. The integrated operation of the SiteSentinel® iSite™, FSC3000™ and C/OPT™, and their ability to interact with the existing back-office computer system, made the equipment the perfect choice for the flight center's needs.

The beauty of the SiteSentinel® iSite™ and its features is the IP address that allows inventory levels to be viewed in real-time. The touchscreen allows the delivery driver to have a view of what is in the tanks at any time, and it also sends reports to the command center whenthe fuel is low. It also reports the temperature of the fuel, or sends an alert if there is water in the tanks. This is ideal for any aviation-fuel application. The C/OPT™ is also ideal for this application because of its ability to withstand harsh weather conditions. In addition, its ability to accept credit cards opens the door for an expanded market that will enable private planes to dock and refuel at the facility.

Those that do avail themselves of the new improved services and amenities at the center can be assured that any fuel purchases will be accurately completed in the safest manner possible thanks to the presence of the SiteSentinel® iSite™, FSC3000™ and C/OPT™ systems from OPW Fuel Management Systems, which users are describing as "first class" and "high-tech."

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