Calenberg – OIL-EX absorption mats installed in Hamburg Harbour

13. October 2020

In the third largest European port there are some 300 kilometers of rail tracks, the biggest port net­work in Europe. 200 goods trains with over 5,500 wagons use it daily, ensuring the safe transport of goods. To avoid environmental damage, OIL-EX absorption mats from Calenberg have been in­stalled for many years in the park­ing lots of diesel locomotives. The easily-installed mats bind any leaking fluids in the absorption layer, especially diesel and other oils, so that they cannot pollute the soil. The OIL-EX mat can absorb up to 10 liters per m2 and so ensures long-lasting protection from environmental damage. When the mats have reached their maximum ab­sorption ca­pacity, the grooves on the surface close – easy to see for opera­tives – and must be ex­changed. Af­ter about eight years of use this has now become nec­essary in Hamburg Har­bour. In the spring of 2020 more than 1,200 m2 of new OIL-EX mats were installed.