Antrim firm Fastank in five-year supply deal with New Zealanders

Stranded container ship Rena lists heavily on the Astrolabe Reef after running aground in October 2011 and causing one of the worst maritime disasters in New Zealand history

FAST Engineering in Antrim has secured a five-year contract with Maritime New Zealand to supply its Fastank range of modular and portable tanks to help tackle oil spills.

The company's managing director Seamus Connolly said he is confident that the Fastank range will add significant value to the southern hemisphere country's oil spill response preparedness.

Created in 1981 to produce its Fastank liquid storage container, Fast Engineering's products are now widely used by the global oil industry.

Maritime New Zealand is the national regulatory, compliance and response agency for safety, security and environmental protection of coastal and inland waterways.

Its technical service leader Scott Read visited the company's Antrim manufacturing facility this week, where his itinerary included an inspection of Fast's manufacturing operation and equipment to be supplied within the framework agreement.

His tour also concentrated on the technical and quality procedures which Fast employs to ensure the performance and longevity of its products.

Fastank products will be stockpiled in strategic locations around New Zealand, which has suffered a number of maritime environmental disasters, most recently the Rena oil spill off the coast of Tauranga in 2011,when the MV Rena grounded on the Astrolabe Reef.

Last year Fast Engineering won a £500,000 contract to supply decontamination systems to Japan's Self Defence Force to counter pollution on amphibious vehicles and also landed a £95,000 export deal with authorities in Indonesia to train them on protecting the country's popular tourist beaches from pollution.


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