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TTI-FSS Fabricates Key Components for World’s Largest Coal Ship Loader

Tampa Tank Inc.- Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS), globally recognized structural steel fabricators, expects to ship key components for the world’s largest coal ship loader up the Mississippi River to a coal shipping facility in southern Louisiana in mid-October.

Coal stored at the site will be transferred via conveyors to the ship loaders, which can sequentially or simultaneously load the material on to ships ranging in size form 50,000 deadweight tonnage (DWT) to 180,000 DWT.

The loading system consists of three radial-tower type loading booms with two connecting conveyors. The three shuttles and three upper towers were fabricated at the three TTI-FSS shops in Tampa. Each tower weighs 938,305 pounds and the approximate weight of the structure is 2,300 tons.

The ship loaders are designed to operate at a maximum rate of 6,000 tons per hour (TPH) each. This rate can be achieved by operating one loader or a combination of the three loaders, each of which is designed to handle 6,000 TPH. The three-tower designed, coupled with diversion gates, provides the operator with very efficient and highly versatile ship-loading capabilities.

The main sections (three columns, three cradles with a shuttle installed in each, two link conveyors, and three upper towers), including electrical and mechanical components, will be assembled at the TTI-FSS shipping berth adjacent to the Port facility. The system then will be shipped by barge to the southern Louisiana site for final assembly.

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TTI-FSS fabricated the cradle and shuttle sections and the link conveyors seen in this three-dimensional drawing of the final assembly of the coal ship loader.

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One of the three shuttle sections required for the coal loading process.

Painting scaffold surrounds one of the three cradle sections fabricated by TTI-FSS at its Port Tampa facility for Louisiana-based coal ship loaders.

Painting scaffold surrounds one of the three cradle sections fabricated by TTI-FSS at its Port Tampa facility for Louisiana-based coal ship loaders.

 About Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS)

Tampa Tank Inc. was founded in 1953 and acquired Florida Structural Steel in 1984. The company provides complete design, shop fabrication, shipment, field erection, inspection and testing of welded steel products for the petroleum, chemical, pulp and paper, mining, electric power, water and wastewater industries. The company operates across North America, Central and South America and West Africa. TTI-FSS is American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) certified. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.tti-fss.com.

Arches Of New Butterfly Bridge Peak Over Construction

When traveling on Cesar Chavez Street you can just make out one of the two yellow arches for the new Butterfly Bridge.

The bridge will extend from Second Street over to Shoal Creek Boulevard helping drivers reach West Avenue from Neches Street. The bridge will fly 33 feet into the air and is intentionally angled. The work on the bridge is a part of the Second Street Extension Project; adding to the overall design of the redevelopment of the Seaholm Power Plant and addition of the Central Library. The entire Second Street extension project is around $29 million. A bridge over Shoal Creek at this location has been in development since 2007. Crews are planning to add the second yellow arch next week.

Heng Xiong works at the Seaholm Power and feels it’ll add to the Austin landscape, plus help him get to his favorite lunch spot faster. “Having this bridge over 2nd would help us cut down our commute to lunch everyday. Now we can come out of the building and directly go on 2nd street,” said Xiong.

David Duhon cycles this area frequently and had to come see the beginnings of the bridge for himself. “I think is beautiful, I’m excited for all of this. Out even realize they were putting up a bridge.”

The overall completion of the Central Library and Seaholm Power Plant is next summer. It is undetermined at this time in the roadway will open before then.

About Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS)

Tampa Tank Inc. was founded in 1953 and acquired Florida Structural Steel in 1984. The company provides complete design, shop fabrication, shipment, field erection, inspection and testing of welded steel products for the petroleum, chemical, pulp and paper, mining, electric power, water and wastewater industries. The company operates across North America, Central and South America and West Africa. TTI-FSS is American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) certified. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.tti-fss.com.

TTI-FSS Enters Large Fabricated Vessel Market with Expanded Facilities

With broadened capabilities at its newly opened facility at Port Tampa Bay in Gibsonton, Florida, Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS) has entered the large shop-fabricated vessel market.

The company expanded its operations at Port Tampa Bay to pursue unique projects in the oil and gas and power industries for shop-fabricated modular spheres up to 80 feet in diameter, large liquefied petroleum gas (LNG) bullet vessels, large butane bullet vessels, large LPG butane bullet vessels and large heat recovery steam generator (HRSG) stacks up to 280 feet long and 18 feet in diameter. The expansion occupies over 100,000 square feet for fabrication in two buildings on 25 acres and has direct access to a 37-foot deep-water shipping berth.

These capabilities, along with the company’s recently acquired American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Division 2 certification, which allows it to design, fabricate, inspect, test and certify pressure vessels with high stress intensity values, make TTI-FSS one of the few U.S.-based vessel companies equipped to meet the global demands for modular fabrication.

According to CEO David Hale, “This facility allows us to capture new opportunities in modular construction and large pressure vessel construction, all of which can weigh into the millions of pounds. It also allows safer, more efficient operations on these large assemblies, while giving us direct access to a deep water berth for more efficient barge shipping for our customers.”

About Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS)

Tampa Tank Inc. was founded in 1953 and acquired Florida Structural Steel in 1984. The company provides complete design, shop fabrication, shipment, field erection, inspection and testing of welded steel products for the petroleum, chemical, pulp and paper, mining, electric power, water and wastewater industries. The company operates across North America, Central and South America and West Africa. TTI-FSS is American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) certified. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.tti-fss.com.

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TTI-FSS Representatives Accept Key Industry Association Committee Roles

Director of Advanced Technical Services Heather Gilmer, P.E., and Field Engineer Gerardo Argueta at Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS) have accepted committee posts at three key industry associations.

Heather Gilmer, Director of Advanced Technical Services

Heather Gilmer, Director of Advanced Technical Services

Heather Gilmer

Ms. Gilmer has been named chair of the Fabrication and Erection Subcommittee for the American Railway Engineering & Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA) Steel Structures Committee. This committee is responsible for the development and publication of recommended practices and information relating to the fabrication and erection of steel railway bridges. The committee also recommends procedures for inspection, maintenance and rating of existing steel bridges.

In addition, Ms. Gilmer chairs the Fabrication task group for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and National Steel Bridge Alliance (AASHTO/NSBA) Steel Bridge Collaboration. The mission of the Collaboration is to provide a forum where professionals can work together to improve and achieve the quality and value of steel bridges through standardization of design, fabrication and erection. She also chairs the fabrication task group for the Steel Structures subcommittee of the American Welding Society (AWS) Committee on Structural Welding.

P.E., and Field Engineer

Gerardo Argueta

Mr. Argueta is a new member of the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Refrigerated Tank Task Group and participates on its subcommittee on Aboveground Storage Tanks (SCAST) Subgroup Design. Both groups are committed to keeping industry design and erection standards updated as a result of technical, technological and material changes. It also incorporates new pieces of information from studies performed or experience gained in the sector. All information is gathered, reviewed and published to share with the industry at large.
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About Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS)

Tampa Tank Inc. was founded in 1953 and acquired Florida Structural Steel in 1984. The company provides complete design, shop fabrication, shipment, field erection, inspection and testing of welded steel products for the petroleum, chemical, pulp and paper, mining, electric power, water and wastewater industries. The company operates across North America, Central and South America, West Indies West Africa and the Middle East. TTI-FSS is American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) certified. For more information, visit the web site at http://www.tti-fss.com.

Five TTI-FSS Staff Members Secure Industry Accreditations

As part of Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel’s (TTI-FSS) continuous quality improvement program, five of the company’s staff members have secured widely recognized professional accreditations.

Erick Angulo

Erick Angulo, paint foreman, has acquired a Coating Inspection Program (CIP) Level 1 certification from NACE, the Worldwide Corrosion Authority, which allows him to conduct basic coating inspections for structural steel projects for many state departments of transportation. The certification requires successful completion of 60 hours of instruction and written and hands-on examinations.

David Eutermark

David Eutermark, quality control manager at the TTI-FSS Ybor City facility, has earned an MT (Magnetic Particle Testing Method) Level 2 certification in accordance with the guidelines of The American Society for Nondestructive Testing, Inc. (ASNT), the world’s largest technical society for nondestructive testing (NDT) professionals. By completing 20 hours of training, 280 hours of hands-on experience and passing four exams required for the certification, Mr. Eutermark is authorized to set up and calibrate testing equipment; conduct tests; and interpret, evaluate and document MT results on all work products at the TTI-FSS shops, including pressure vessels and bridges.

Joe Eutermark

Joe Eutermark, quality control inspector at the TTI-FSS Ybor City plant, has earned his ASNT Level II Ultrasonic Testing (UT) certification by completing 80 hours of training and 1,050 hours of hands-on experience and passing the required exams. This gives him broader scope in overseeing UT equipment, testing, evaluation and documentation of the UT work at the production facility.

Casey Morey

Project Manager Casey Morey was awarded a Florida Certified Contractor license by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Johnny Morris

Field Superintendent Johnny Morris has qualified for the American Petroleum Institute’s (API) Above Ground Storage Tank Inspector certification based on a rigorous combination of training, education and field experience. For more than 85 years, API has developed equipment and operating standards for the petroleum and petrochemical industries.

According to Director of Advanced Technical Services Heather Gilmer, P.E., “Our product quality and the quality of our fabrication processes continue to improve as more of our personnel attain professional qualification in these areas. TTI-FSS supports every effort by its employees to gain these accreditations, as demonstrated by the numerous certifications currently held among our ranks, and which meet stringent requirements established by our clients.”

TTI-FSS Awarded Steel Fabrication Contract for SR 23 Bridge Project in Duval County, Florida

An estimated 370 tons of steel to be used in 16 steel plate girders Leware Construction Company has awarded Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS) the fabrication contract for its State Route 23 new bridge construction project in Duval County, Florida. TTI-FSS will fabricate the 16 weathering steel plate girders with cross frames, sole plates and all weathering hardware at its Adamo and Port of Tampa, Florida, facilities. Approximately 370 tons of steel will be used to make the girders.

About Tampa Tank Inc.-Florida Structural Steel (TTI-FSS)

Tampa Tank Inc. was founded in 1953 and acquired Florida Structural Steel in 1984. The company provides complete design, shop fabrication, shipment, field erection, inspection and testing of welded steel products for the petroleum, chemical, pulp and paper, mining, electric power, water and wastewater industries. The company operates across North America, Central and South America, West Africa and the Middle East. TTI-FSS is American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) certified.