Quick storage solutions are the first port of call

Rubb has been quick to react to the ever-changing needs of busy ports, creating a range of storage warehousing structures to suit our clients’ requirements.

The benefits of quick storage fabric structures are their relatively affordable cost, quick construction, and their portability – they are easily relocatable and adaptable to accommodate ports’ changing needs and products warehoused in line with cyclical world trade activities.

Port warehousing these days is highly competitive, but fabric structures are gaining popularity as they become tried and proven. Rubb has installed a series of quick storage warehouse structures, which demonstrate just how compatible and reliable these fabric structures are in a variety of environments.

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Recently Rubb designed, manufactured and built its fourth steel-framed, fabric-clad storage building for Belfast Harbour (pictured above). The latest structure is 32.5m wide and 76.5m long and features 6.75m high sidewalls, with outside tapered column legs, which ensure all internal walls have a straight vertical face, making the most of the internal space.

Rubb’s signature hot-dip galvanised steel frame and high tenacity PVC covering membrane ensure very little maintenance is required. The durable PVC membrane cladding on Rubb port warehouses will stand up against corrosion in the harsh marine environment.

Rubb also has a similar port structure at Hendon Docks for the Port of Sunderland and two relocatable animal feed structures for the Port of Workington on England’s west coast, where severe winds and rain are common.

Finn Haldorsen established Rubb in 1966. Although the company started out making tarpaulins and bags from PVC fabric, in 1968 it made the first ‘Rubb Building’. This was the first fabric clad building manufactured in Norway.

Rubb now has offices around the world. In the United States, where Rubb is based in Sanford, Maine, the biggest challenge these days is keeping up with the growing needs of multiple market sectors. However port users still make up 25-30% of the business.

While some people may question the quality of temporary buildings versus permanent structures, USA Marketing Manager Chuck Auger says for Rubb there is no difference. “Our buildings are still built to last. That’s what happens when quality products and engineering are a priority. Our customers have realised that the per day cost of owning and operating a Rubb structure is better value than cheaper options.”

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In the Port of Virginia, Rubb has recently installed a ‘game changer’ for the 130-year-old Newport News Shipbuilding company. The North Yard structure now has two retractable weather covers (pictured above) to allow workers to continue a building program despite the elements that can affect the production facility.

Meanwhile, a large percentage of new Rubb structures are being insulated using Thermohall, a patented insulation system, which is becoming increasingly popular. One example of such a structure completed at an extremely challenging location is a moveable Thermohall clad structure for the U.S. National Science Foundation. The mean annual air temperature where the structure (pictured below) is located is -31 degrees Fahrenheit. On the innovation side, the 9.7m by 29.5m Rubb building has been set on a foundation of wood/metal that can be compared to a giant toboggan, so the structure can be moved over the Polar ice cap periodically to prevent being snowed over.

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For more information about Rubb’s fast and flexible storage solutions, please visit www.rubb.com today.

Rubb Buildings to Exhibit at PPI Transport Symposium 20

Rubb Building Systems, a leading supplier of relocatable port buildings worldwide, will be exhibiting at the PPI Transport Symposium to be held at the Baltimore Convention Center on October 28-31, 2013. Please stop by booth #415 to meet Jim Chadbourne and Dave Nickerson and discuss Rubb’s extensive product line.

PPI Transport Symposium is the longest running conference and exhibition dedicated to the global forest products logistics industry. Organized by RISI, in association with the International Forest Products Transport Association (IFPTA), the event focuses on the issues surrounding the worldwide transport, materials handling, and distribution of forest products.

 

Rubb to exhibit at the 2013 Break Bulk Convention in New Orleans

Rubb Building Systems, a leading supplier of relocatable port buildings worldwide, will be exhibiting at the Breakbulk Americas Convention to be held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on September 23-26, 2013. Please stop by booth #446 to meet Jim Chadbourne and Dave Nickerson and discuss Rubb’s extensive product line.

Breakbulk Americas is the largest and most important gathering in the Americas for companies involved in the shipping of heavy-lift, project cargo and traditional break bulk cargoes.

Exhibitors include the world’s major carriers, forwarders and ports that handle specialized heavy-lift, project and break bulk cargoes. In addition to a bustling exhibition floor, Breakbulk Americas will feature a 2-day conference with top speakers addressing industry issues. The in-depth program will delve into today’s most pressing break bulk transportation topics. Speakers will also discuss the hottest regions for break bulk and project cargo, and review sectors such as oil and gas, and other power generation markets.