About Us

2005

– AQ was established by Alain Devroye († 2015) as an off-spec treatment specialist of liquid products.

2009

– Start of a rental division specialized in industrial hoses and fenders for the shipping industry. Soon the rental of reducers, adaptors, pumps were added.

2011

– New services became operational :

  • Cryogenic Degas services with Partnership Linde Gas – Maritime and Industrial

  • Inerting services – Maritime and Industrial

  • Testing & certification of hoses/pipelines (SIR-certified).

In a short time, our company grew out to be a certitude in the Port of Antwerp. Through the years AQ expanded fleet and equipment to be able to serve its clients any time, any place. Our experienced staff is at your service for 24/7 assistance on a worldwide European scale.

2015

– New General Manager Bruno Grimbers

2016

– New services: 

  • Cooling down LNG bunkering tanks

  • Refilling of carbon dioxide tanks on board of vessels AQ Projects was founded: larger environmental projects covering comprehensive services

2017

– AQ Degassing was created because of the increasingly stringent regulations regarding degassing, combined with our ongoing innovation and search to offer our clients the most appropriate solution.

2019

– In May 2019, AQ and AQ Degassing became part of “Origin Group”, led by Nicholas Myerson

2020

– Start up Chemicals: cleaning products, demulsifiers, gas wash fluids, …

– Expanding Degassing Services: 9 cryogenic units, 3 flares, 14 gaswashers,…

AQ provides, together with Linde Gas, cooling down of LNG fuel tanks.

First ‘green’ tanker in the port of Rotterdam.

One of the four new tankers of the Swedish shipping company Terntank has visited the port of Rotterdam on the eighth of August. This is the first ship driven on LNG.

LNG

The propulsion of the ship ‘Ternsund’ is provided by two, environmentally friendly and energy-efficient, LNG fuel tanks, with each a capacity of 315m³. The ship, part of the project “Into the future-Baltic SO2lution”, is also equipped with extra facilities to minimize harmful emissions.

Welcome

The arrival of the Ternsund got a pretty official touch. The ship was festively welcomed by the owners and producers of this oil and chemical tanker, representatives of the shipyard and the port of Rotterdam, members of the European Commission and the European Parliament, as well as other stakeholders and partners.

Downcooling tanks

AQ provided, together with its Dutch partner Linde Gas in Schiedam, the down cooling of the LNG fuel tanks. Before filling both tanks, it is necessary to cool them down to-160 ° c. This happens with liquid nitrogen, that makes the temperature of the tanks drop about 10 degrees per hour. The complete operation takes about 18 hours, whereby safety and quality have the highest priority. Commissioned by Shell, both tanks will be bunkered with LNG. The other three ships of shipping company Terntank will also be down cooled with liquid nitrogen in Rotterdam and bunkered with LNG.

AQ is a young and dynamic company, internationally active and specialized in degassing of cargo-, barge-and shore tanks, railcars, containers, etc.

With more than 10 years of experience in chemical problem solving, Alain Devroye († 2015) established the company AQ in 2005. Because of his background in chemistry and his insight in the needs of the industry, he was sure that people were in dire need of a company like AQ: a reliable, flexible partner who solves problems concerning product contamination or degradation in an efficient way. We can provide ‘Vapor Return Systems’, during loading of vessels, barges or trucks. These units can also be used as a back-up system. Also, we offer complete hose/pipeline test services and rent out fenders, hoses, and reducers.

AQ is situated in the port of Antwerp, thanks to this central location we can react quickly and work efficiently across Europe. Our operational team, trucks and mobile units are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Also because of that, we can react quickly to worldwide problems. This offers our clients a big head start related to transport, promptness, and efficiency. This flexibility gives us a great advantage to meet the various needs of our customers and also our intervention rate in case of calamities.

PROFESSIONAL AND CERTIFIED TEAM

There is a team of fourteen professionals who do their utmost best to help you regarding all your chemical problems. Our know-how, combined with thorough training and education let us work according to the strictest safety and emission regulations. It is self-evident that all our operators are VCA-certified. VCA is the Belgian equivalent of SCC (Safety Certificate Contractors) and guarantees an extremely safe management system.

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Policy Statement

AQ is a dynamic and fastgrowing company that became a big player as a chemical service provider in the Port of Antwerp and more. We want to reach that goal by specifying our expertise and gain brand awareness in a fast-evolving market. The customer chain is restricted, but our services and products are wide. this means we permanently have to pay attention to safety and quality in all it’s aspects (fast and competent service, focus on the customer, time of delivery, price, …). To be successful, now and in the future, AQ invented a system to not only secure quality but also to keep on improving continuously. Therefore the managing board chooses for quality management conform ISO 9001. Customer satisfaction and continuous improvement stand central here. The quality improvement plan serves as a pillar. The market where we operate is the maritime and chemical sector, with all inherent risks and dangers associated with it. The possible risks are mainly in the area of ​​hazardous substances and their respective resistance and compatibility with other materials. In this context, our Quality and Safety policy is there to avert personal injury for our own employees, subcontractors, and customers. Furthermore, our activities may not result in material or environmental damage. The tools we use to maintain are:

  • A dynamic managing system where all risks are continuously evaluated and improved till they’re managed.
  • A clear system of all procedures and instructions for safe and high-quality performances of all our activities, with respect for nature.
  • Experienced and well-trained personnel with the necessary safety self-awareness.
  • The right information and instructions to our clients and subcontractors.

Our employees are a vital key to success. Their training and  accompaniment will lead to competence and motivation. This Quality and Safety policy translates to our fellow workers, subcontractors, customers and forms the banner of our company and services. Therefore we require our employees and subcontractors to fully subscribe to this policy and to act in the spirit of it. Furthermore, we expect them to always behave like a good family man with the necessary dose of involvement. Only in this way we believe that measurable and high-quality growth is possible. For that, we count on you! We want to strive for continuous improvement of our Quality and Safety Management System. We believe we can achieve this through personal inspections and through careful analysis of failures. The management commits to comply with all relevant legal obligations. The objectives for the coming year will be determined annually in conjunction with actions to achieve them. We will review this statement within 3 years against the needs within the organization and within the community and, if necessary, revise it. Managing Director, Bruno Grimbers

PRIVACY STATEMENT

This privacy statement provides you (“Contractor”) with detailed information regarding the protection of personal data by (i) AQ BV, a private company under Belgian law, with registered office at Wilmingtonstraat 3, 2030 Antwerp and registered with the Kruispuntbank for companies under the enterprise identification number 0873.012.371 (RPR Antwerp, Antwerp division) and (ii) AQ DEGASSING BV, a private company under Belgian law, with registered office at Wilmingtonstraat 3, 2030 Antwerp and registered in the Kruispuntbank for companies under the enterprise identification number 0679.648.316 (RPR Antwerp, Antwerp department) (“Applicant”) in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons concerning the processing of personal data and the free movement of such data and repealing Directive 95/46 / EC (“GDPR”).
As a controller, the Applicant is responsible for processing the Contractor his personal data in the context of the provision of services. The purpose of this privacy statement is to inform the Contractor about which personal data the Applicant processes, the reasons for which the Applicant processes and shares these data, how long the Applicant keeps them, and how the data subject can exercise his rights.

Which personal data?

The Applicant processes different categories of personal data, including:
  • identification data (e.g. name, first name, IP address);
  • financial data (e.g. payment history); and
  • contact details (e.g. postal and email address, telephone number).

What do we do with the personal data?

The Applicant processes personal data for the following purposes:
(i)     to communicate with the Contractor;
(ii)    to take steps prior to entering into a contract with the Contractor;
(iii)   to manage the contractual relationship;
(iv)   to fulfill the contractual obligations of the Applicant towards the Contractor;
(v)    to comply with all legal or regulatory obligations;
(vi)   to assess and evaluate the Contractor; and
(vii) to manage the Applicant’s business operations.

Can we process personal data?

Depending on the purposes of the processing, the Applicant relies on:
(i) the need to perform a contract or to take pre-contractual measures;
(ii) the need to comply with legal and regulatory obligations that apply to the Applicant; and/or
(iii) the legitimate business interests of the Applicant. When the Applicant relies on its legitimate business interests, this includes the realization of its commercial activities and objectives, the analysis and improvement of its market position, and the maintenance and development of the relationship with its contractors.
The data subject (i.e. the individual whose personal data is processed by the Applicant) is not obliged to provide any personal data. However, the Applicant will need certain personal data to be able to execute the agreement with the Contractor and/or to take certain measures prior to the conclusion of a contract with the Contractor.

Who do we share the personal data with?

The personal data provided by the Contractor can be shared within the Applicant on a ‘need to know’ basis (e.g. procurement, accounting, operations, etc.).
In addition, the Applicant may also disclose personal data provided by the Contractor to its (sub) contractors and service providers (e.g. IT service providers).

Transfer of personal data outside the European Economic Area (“EEA”)

The personal data will not be the subject of international transfers from the EEA to a country outside the EEA.

Where are the personal data processed?

The personal data is always processed on internal servers of the Applicant, at Microsoft (Office 365) and at Google: it is always ensured that all appropriate technical and organizational measures are taken to ensure the security of the data.

How long do we keep the personal data?

The personal data provided by the Contractor will be kept by the Applicant for ten (10) years after the end of the contractual relationship.
In addition, there are laws and regulations that apply to the Applicant that provides for minimum retention periods for certain documents and/or information.

What rights do you have against us concerning personal data?

Data subjects have the right to request access to and correction or deletion of their data, to limit the processing or to object to the processing.
Data subjects have the right to object at any time and completely free of charge to the processing of their data for direct marketing, as well as the right to data portability.
To exercise one of the rights, please send an e-mail with the requested information and proof of identity (eg copy of the identity card on the reverse) to [ops@aqnv.com].
Data subjects also have the right to complain with the Data Protection Authority (Drukpersstraat 35, 1000 Brussels, telephone +32 2 274 48 00, commission@privacycommission.be, http://www.privacycommission.be).
The Contractor offers (i) to inform the data subjects whose personal data have been provided to the Applicant about the content of this privacy statement, and (ii) to the extent necessary to obtain the consent of the data subjects to submit their data to the Applicant following this privacy statement.
If you have questions, complaints, or comments about how the Applicant processes the personal data, you can always contact our office by post (Wilmingtonstraat 3, 2030 Antwerp), by e-mail ([ops@aqnv.com]) or by phone (+32 3 685 41 76).

Automatic decision making

The personal data that you provide to the Applicant will not be used for automatic decision-making, including profiling.

Cookies

Cookies are small pieces of information that are stored by your browser on the hard drive of your computer.
You do not have to provide any personal data to view our website, but cookies can be used. The Applicant uses cookies to improve your user experience and to make our website function better.
The Contractor can refuse the use of these cookies by choosing the correct settings in your browser: this may prevent you from using all functions of our website.

OFF-SPEC TREATMENT

AQ is specialized in off-spec treatment. As from the foundation of the company we have shown to numerous customers that we are a reliable partner with regard to upgrading off-spec batches. We solve chemical problems caused by product contamination or degradation.

 

 

QUICK AND EFFICIENT WITH DIVERSITY OF APPLICATIONS

  • Dehydration unit
  • Filter unit HFH-1
  • Filter unit HFH-4
  • Filter unit HFH-6
  • Duplex filter unit
  • Coalescer

  Do you want more information on off-spec treatment? Contact us!  

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RENTAL SERVICES

In  2009 AQ started with a rental service. Our equipment is stored, tested and utilized in accordance with the relevant guidelines.   Rental equipment:

  • Certified Hoses
  • Reducers & Couplings
  • STS Fendering
  • Mobile Drip trays

  If you want a quotation, please  contact us!

DEGASSING AND PURGING SERVICES

Degassing and purging operations became operational during 2011. Due to our varieties of different degas units we can offer the best solutions for any degas related questions or problems.  

Degassing and purging equipment:

  • Mobile Cryogenic Degas units (Recovery of Product)
    • 9 x mobile units ( 500Nm³/h à 3000Nm³/h )
  • Mobile Scrubbers
    • 14 units
  • Mobile Activated Carbon Units
    • Only for polishing purposes
  • Mobile Enclosed Flare Units
    • 3 x mobile units ( 200Nm³ à 1800Nm³/h )
  • Mobile Evaporators Ambient or Steam Units
  • Mobile LIN-tank

We are recognized by the port of Antwerp as an official degassing services supplier. 

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HOSE/PIPELINE TEST SERVICE

AQ offers a high-quality mobile hose/pipeline test service. Testing hoses on an annual basis is mandatory. SIR CERTIFICATE AQ is SIR-certified (StichtingIndustriëleReiniging [Industrial Cleaning Foundation]), which means that we are qualified inspectors in our field. This guarantees a watertight test service that thoroughly scrutinizes and analyses the quality of your equipment. ON-SITE REPAIRS Our staff can carry out small repairs on-site at your location 

Downcooling

AQ provides, together with Linde Gas, cooling down of LNG fuel tanks.   Before filling tanks with LNG, it is necessary to cool them down to-160 ° c. This happens with liquid nitrogen, that makes the temperature of the tanks drop about 10 degrees per hour. When the tanks have reached the desired temperature, they can be bunkered with LNG.

       

Contact

AQ bv
Wilmingtonstraat 3
Haven 500
B-2030 Antwerp
VAT BE 0873 012 371

ops@aqnv.com
+32 (0)3 685 41 76

iso certified vca certified

AQ Degassing bv
Wilmingtonstraat 3
Haven 500
B-2030 Antwerp
VAT BE 0679 648 316