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 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.

2014 – New general manager Bruno Grimbers

2016 – New service: Cooling down / LNG bunkering

AQ provides, together with Linde Gas, cooling down of LNG fuel tanks
First ‘green’ tanker in Rotterdam harbour. One of the four new tankers of the Swedish shipping company Terntank has visited the Rotterdam harbour 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 festive 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.

Downcoolen tanks AQ provided, together with its Dutch partner Linde Gas in Schiedam, the downcooling 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 downcooled 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. We can provide a ‘Vapor Return System’, during loading of vessels, barges or trucks. This unit can also be used as back-up system. Furthermore, we offer a complete hose/pipeline test service and renting 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 and 7 days a week.

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.

Thanks to our mobil units, 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.

If you have any question, please feel free to contact us.

AQ is highly specialised in chemical services. On the basis of our knowledge and experience we are able to offer the best solutions for every requirement or problem regarding to chemical products and product contamination or degradation. Our team is certified and trained to work in various industrial environments, including tank companies, chemical tanks and chemical companies.

THE BEST SOLUTION

Throughout the years we acquired specialised knowledge in chemical services. This, together with our intensive trainings, allows us to work at the highest safety level. It goes without saying that our employees and materials are all VCA certified. Each assignment starts with a problem-oriented approach and a thorough analysis of the situation, so the best solution can be found.

VARIOUS SERVICES

AQ can help you with:

  • Off-spec treatment
  • Equipment rental
  • Cryogenic equipment
  • Ship-to-ship transfer
  • Hose/pipeline test service

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With more than 10 years of experience in chemical problem solving, Alain Devroye founded 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. Throughout the years Alain Devroyespecialised in renting out materials for various purposes, including ship-to-ship transfer. Thanks to his extensive expertise he, as managing director, is the right person in the right place.

PROFESSIONAL AND CERTIFIED TEAM

Alain Devroye is assisted by Bruno Grimbers, operational manager at AQ. Furthermore, there is a team of eight professional people – all VCA certified -who put their best foot forward every day in order to help you with regard to chemical problem solving.
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OFF-SPEC TREATMENT EQUIPMENT

AQ is specialised 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. If you are in possession of a batch with off-spec material, you no longer need to sell it at a discount or even destroy it. Contact us for a cost-effective solution.

QUICK AND EFFICIENT

Thanks to our mobile units we are able to react quickly to worldwide problems with off-spec batches aboard tankers, land-based tanks, tank trucks etc. Of course all the units are operated by our highly qualified specialists. All of our employees as well as the materials that we use are VCA certified. Our units and parts are standardised and are tested on a regular basis.

DIVERSITY OF APPLICATIONS

Off-spec treatment includes many applications, ranging from decolourising chemical products to water dehydration, oxidation and the removal of polluting parts. This all takes place at a high-speed pace with a capacity of 600 m³ (30 trucks per hour). In other words: a cost-effective solution on all levels.

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

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EQUIPMENT RENTAL

We solve chemical problems caused by product contamination or degradation. If you are in possession of a batch with off-spec material, you no longer need to sell it at a discount or even destroy it.

QUICK AND EFFICIENT

Thanks to our mobile units we are able to react quickly to worldwide problems with off-spec batches aboard tankers, land-based tanks, tank trucks etc. Of course all the units are operated by our highly qualified specialists. All of our employees as well as the materials that we use are VCA certified. Our units and parts are standardised and are tested on a regular basis.

DIVERSITY OF APPLICATIONS

Off-spec treatment includes many applications, ranging from decolourising chemical products to water dehydration, oxidation and the removal of polluting parts. This all takes place at a high-speed pace with a capacity of 600 m³ (30 trucks per hour). In other words: a cost-effective solution on all levels.

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CYROGENIC EQUIPMENT

We solve chemical problems caused by product contamination or degradation. If you are in possession of a batch with off-spec material, you no longer need to sell it at a discount or even destroy it.

QUICK AND EFFICIENT

Thanks to our mobile units we are able to react quickly to worldwide problems with off-spec batches aboard tankers, land-based tanks, tank trucks etc. Of course all the units are operated by our highly qualified specialists. All of our employees as well as the materials that we use are VCA certified. Our units and parts are standardised and are tested on a regular basis.

DIVERSITY OF APPLICATIONS

Off-spec treatment includes many applications, ranging from decolourising chemical products to water dehydration, oxidation and the removal of polluting parts. This all takes place at a high-speed pace with a capacity of 600 m³ (30 trucks per hour). In other words: a cost-effective solution on all levels.

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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. We are the right partner for everyone using hoses, such as tank and shipping companies.

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 scrutinises and analyses the quality of your equipment.

ON-SITE REPAIRS

Our staff will carry out small repairs on site at your location.

Downcooling

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

First ‘green’ tanker in 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 festive 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.

Downcoolen tanks

AQ provided, together with its Dutch partner Linde Gas in Schiedam, the downcooling 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 downcooled with liquid nitrogen in Rotterdam and bunkered with LNG.

Contact

AQ nv
Zwarteweg 2
Haven 343
B-2030 Antwerp
+32 (0)3 685 41 76 +32 (0)3 685 41 68BTW BE 0873 012 371