As the country struggles to cope with the big freeze and arctic conditions that continue to grip the country, Whale Tankers of Solihull sends a ‘Wish you were here’ reminder that it isn’t all doom and gloom.
Snapped basking near the beach in the glorious Seychelles sunshine is one of Whale’s vacuum tankers – the first to be supplied to this country by the leading manufacturer of jetters, recyclers, vacuum tankers and combination units. Indeed this latest export success proves that Whale Tankers’ reenergised focus on the export arena is paying dividends, with the company continuing to buck the trend of recession both at home and overseas.
As Whale Tankers’ Managing Director, Mark Warmington comments: "With the current inclement weather conditions set to continue, we thought it would be a good idea to bring our own ray of sunshine to peoples’ lives. We have a reputation for being a bright and energetic bunch and seeing one of our tankers in what looks like paradise will hopefully serve to lift everyone’s spirits.
"On a more serious note, then whilst this is quite literally new territory for us, it demonstrates perfectly how the reputation of the Whale brand and product continues to spread far and wide. We have attracted interest from a number of other export markets and remain optimistic that we will be in a position to announce additional vehicle orders in due course," he added.
Specified by local contractor, Star Seychelles, the 7,500 litre capacity non-hazardous waste vacuum tanker with low volume jetting will be deployed to service an improved sewage utility infrastructure that comes on the back of enormous investment in real estate projects that the Seychelles is currently attracting. Indeed as the islands continue to witness the emergence of mostly five star resort properties from newcomers such as Hilton, Four Seasons and Banyan Tree, as well as other private developers, maintaining their upkeep will be of paramount importance moving forward.
As Global Waste Management’s director, Bernard Croguennec states: "The continued development of five star resort properties require five star support, and with capital equipment like Whale Tankers, we will be able to deliver this. As the Seychelles’ leading contractor involved in the field of liquid and dry waste collection, industrial cleaning and environmental management, we were looking to specify a product that is reputed for its reliability. Having assessed a number of European vehicle concepts, we decided to specify Whale as their reputation for building robust and efficient tankers in particular, is second to none."
With reliability being king – given the fact that the new vacuum tanker will be deployed to operate remotely across the archipelago nation’s 115 islands – Whale has supplied Global Waste Management with a comprehensive export spares kit. In addition to incorporating an array of fast moving parts, the kit also incorporates a number of specialist vehicle components.
Supplied on the Renault Midlum 220, 18-tonne 4 x 2 chassis, the Whale newcomer joins a 19-strong vehicle fleet and will operate alongside two existing vacuum tankers constructed in 1989 and 1997. In addition to featuring low volume jetting, delivering 10gpm at 2000psi using an Orca high-pressure water pump, the Vacuum Whale also features Molex valves and is fitted with the company’s Mistral air-cooled vacuum pump.