Buckeye Partners, L.P. - Buckeye Bahamas Hub

Rehabilitation and Expansion of Tank Farming and Piping
Project Overview
Project Goals
Data Points
The Team
Project Details
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Community Impact
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Expanding Horizons

After Buckeye Partners bought the former Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO) facility, they were keen to get it up and running with new tank farm equipment. Known as the Blue Field/Yellow Field Expansion Project, this venture involved planning and designing the installation of new tanks to store multiple types of oil, the associated piping, and diesel-driven pumps to facilitate the movement of product.

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Project Goals

Growth can only be achieved through innovation and advancement, and that’s exactly what Buckeye had in mind when they bought the BORCO facility. A new era in oil storage was on the horizon, but first they had to design and build the ideal layout.

Design a New Layout

After the former refinery was demolished, S. T. Hudson planned and designed a new layout that was both efficient and would meet stringent regulations.

Ensure Compliance

Specific rules regarding placement and spacing had to be followed, and S. T. Hudson’s experience provided them the means to stay compliant.

Expand Operations

The new tanks were designed to hold various types of oil products, including gasoline and distillate fuel, which would help Buckeye expand their line of services.

Increase Storage Capacity

The planned upgrades would increase the facility’s storage capacity to over 26 million barrels.

Project Data Points

10
Miles of Piping
26.20
Million Barrels

Of Storage Capacity

16
100-500m bbls

Storage Tanks

6
25,000 HP Diesel-Driven Pumps

Our Team

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Robert Hudson, P.E.

President and Chief Executive Officer
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Robert Hudson, P.E.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Hudson is a Senior Civil/Structural Engineer with over 40 years of experience in the design and construction of marine facilities. He has special expertise in construction methods and estimating. Over the course of his career, Mr. Hudson has been involved in a wide range of construction activities, with emphasis on marine structures, bridges and pile foundations.

In 2002, Mr. Hudson became President and Chief Operating officer of S. T. Hudson Engineers, Inc and continues to serve in that capacity today. Mr. Hudson is a Registered Professional Engineer in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware. His professional affiliations include The Ports of Philadelphia Maritime Society; The Deep Foundation Institute; The American Society of Civil Engineers and The National Society of Professional Engineers.

James Thomas

Chief Operating Officer & Vice President
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James Thomas

Chief Operating Officer & Vice President

Mr. Thomas is Hudson’s Chief Operating Officer and has over 35 years of broad experience in the planning, design, management and execution of marine construction and dredging projects.

Mr. Thomas has worked on projects throughout the United States, the Caribbean, South America and the Middle East. His marine construction and dredging experience includes participation in small to large scale capital works, maintenance and superfund projects. He has managed the construction of offshore ocean ship berthing facilities as well as the construction of harbor berth facilities and terminals.

Leslie (Hudson) Gerhard

Vice President
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Leslie (Hudson) Gerhard

Vice President

Ms. Gerhard is Vice President at S. T. Hudson Engineers, Inc. with over 15 years of experience in marketing, company operations, contract administration, and client relationships. She is responsible for day-to-day office operations, generating and overseeing proposal submissions, marketing efforts, contract administration, team recruitment, and coordination and administration of the summer internship program. In addition, she is involved in developing business among existing clients and new clients which contribute significantly to corporate revenues.

Ms. Gerhard is part of the fourth generation of Hudson family members working in the business, working side by side with her father, Robert S. Hudson, P.E., to lead S. T. Hudson Engineers, Inc.

Anthony DePasquale, P.E.

Vice President & Director of Marine Engineering and Environmental Services
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Anthony DePasquale, P.E.

Vice President & Director of Marine Engineering and Environmental Services

Mr. DePasquale is a Civil & Geo-technical Engineer with 37 years of experience as a designer, construction manager, negotiator, and permitting consultant with the US Army Corps of Engineers. He specializes in the design, management, and construction of flood protection systems, bulkhead rehabilitation, and waste and dredge disposal containment facilities.

In addition, he has reviewed and negotiated numerous construction contract claims, permitting issues, and engineering disputes. Mr. DePasquale's experience has given S.T. Hudson valuable insight into the permitting process and environmental impact assessments from the viewpoint of the USACE and other regulatory agencies.

William Jenkins

Vice President & Director of Marine Services
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William Jenkins

Vice President & Director of Marine Services

Mr. Jenkins has 17 years of experience and a comprehensive knowledge of various hydrographic technologies and methods.

Recently, Mr. Jenkins has applied his talents to implementing various multibeam hydrographic surveys for ship navigation safety, object detection, clearance surveys, sediment transfer surveys, pre- and post-dredge surveys, and bridge inspection scour monitoring.

John Carroll

Director of Mechanical Services
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John Carroll

Director of Mechanical Services

Mr. Carroll is a Mechanical Engineer with over 30 years of experience as an engineer and project manager for the petrochemical industry.

Mr. Carroll’s specialty focus is on terminal engineering and consulting, and he has worked for, on, and with many of the major terminal facilities on the U.S. East Coast.

This experience has given S.T. Hudson the capacity to execute terminal design projects to complement our marine engineering services and make Hudson a turn-key design company capable of providing engineering services for the whole terminal.

Michael Barbetta, P.E.

Department Manager - Marine Structures Engineering
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Michael Barbetta, P.E.

Department Manager - Marine Structures Engineering

Mr. Barbetta is a Senior Engineering Manager with over 30 years of experience in marine terminal, building and petrochem projects.

Mr. Barbetta is experienced in managing civil/structural engineering projects and personnel, as well as executing front end loading through detailed design. He is familiar with structural engineering software such as OPTIMOOR, STAAD, Visual Analysis, MathCAD, AutoCAD and L-Pile. Additionally, Mr. Barbetta performs engineering work-flow processes, QA/QC and constructability reviews, prepares feasibility studies, develops engineering budgets and schedules, and supports business development.

Alan Stoner

Chief Draftsman / Senior Designer
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Alan Stoner

Chief Draftsman / Senior Designer

Mr. Stoner has 46 years of experience in all aspects of drafting (including years in CADD) and field survey work. He has been with Hudson Engineers for 45 years. As Chief Draftsman/Senior Designer for S. T. Hudson Engineers, his primary responsibility involves training, supervision, and scheduling of personnel and supervising the accuracy, completeness, and timeliness of the work in the drafting department.

Mr. Stoner serves as the liaison between the drafting, engineering, and field survey departments. He is responsible for the layout and coordination of drawings in the civil, structural, mechanical and electrical disciplines. He is also responsible for the maintenance of all drawing files and project records.

Project Details

Using their expertise in design engineering, facility planning, and regulatory standards and codes, S. T. Hudson helped Buckeye rehabilitate and expand their new Bahamas location and pave the way for an influx of new opportunities.

Buckeye Bahamas is the leading hub in the Caribbean region and the largest petroleum products terminal in the Western Hemisphere, and they achieved this distinction by expanding their operations with the help of S. T. Hudson. After purchasing the terminal, Buckeye demolished the old refinery facilities and wanted to expand into the newly-opened space to allow other companies to store their petroleum products while they wait to sell based on a particular strategy. To accommodate a growing number of customers, Buckeye wanted to fit as many tanks as they could. This required the expertise of S. T. Hudson, as the rules for placement and spacing of tanks are very particular. Two areas needed tanks, what became known as the Blue Field and the Yellow Field. In both areas, the scope of work included designing and planning to install tank foundations, interconnected piping, new pumps to move oil around, and all electrical instrumentation associated with operation.

S.T. Hudson helped Buckeye determine the optimum number of tanks to maximize storage while still complying with the guidelines. For the first part of the project, the Blue Field, the team designed six tanks to store gasoline and four tanks to store distillate fuel, along with the associated pumps and piping to connect the docks to the tanks and the tanks to the pumps. The second part of the project was the Yellow Field, which involved design and foundation work for four large tanks to hold heavy fuel oil. For all of the tanks, S. T. Hudson did the construction drawings and worked with local contractors on the island to get them built, providing guidance along the way as needed.

Project Highlights

Tools Used:

  • Intimate knowledge of standards and codes that govern this type of project
  • Laser scanning to scan areas and all places where piping had to tie-in
  • 3D Autocad models of alternatives for how the tanks could be arranged, working with Buckeye to arrive at the best solution

Project Value: $350,000,000


New Structures:

  • Sixteen 100-500m bbls Storage Tanks
  • Six 25,000 HP Diesel-Driven Pumps

Engineering Services:

  • Piping systems
  • Instrumentation
  • Fire protection
  • Storage tank installations
  • Diesel pump installations

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