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CASE STUDY

Drew Marine, a worldwide provider of specialty chemicals and consulting for the maritime industry, sought to expand operations at a recently acquired subsidiary in Greece. The existing facility consisted of one leased and one owned building for storage and blending of specialty chemicals. The corporate safety and facilities groups wished to understand the capacity for the existing buildings to expand production and storage capabilities as well as the safety features required under Greek law and recommended by industry best practices.
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The Problem

Greek law and code requirements are not generally configured to address personnel protection and business continuity objectives for chemical processing. In addition to satisfying local code requirements, Drew Marine wished to understand any gaps between the existing facility’s safety features and industry best practices for chemical storage and processing along with the investments that might be required for scale-up of their existing storage and manufacturing capability.

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The Solution

Our team was able to provide a quick-turnaround site survey and review of Greek codes thanks to a Greek staff engineer located in Crete. Coupling this local support with industry expertise on hazardous material processing allowed for a thorough code and best practice review, presenting two primary options as paths forward: (1) limiting chemical quantities administratively for minimal capital upgrades or (2) increasing capacity with targeted capital investments.

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The Results

Tasked with evaluating and condensing requirements and best practices from numerous sources, Jensen Hughes was able to deliver a concise yet thorough guidance document outlining recommendations to improve safety in the short-term as well as how to prioritize capital investments to increase production in the long term.

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