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Murphy’s on the road to success

Murphy Transport, based in County Cork, Ireland, is a family-run business founded by managing director Miceál Murphy in 1956.
The company, which celebrated 60 years in business in 2016, is now managed by the second and third generations of the Murphy family and employs 40 people. Its headquarters are located in Cork city, with further depots in Dublin, Tivoli Dock and the recently opened Little Island facility.
The company is ideally positioned to service the ever-growing pharmaceutical, chemical and food industry from the Port of Cork, Tivoli, and Ringaskiddy Docks, offering customers complete supply chain solutions.
One of the main areas of business is Murphy’s specialist tank cleaning service, which is centredaround a wash station at its headquarters in Ballinlough.
This facility is European Federation of Tank Cleaning Organisations registered Cleaning Station 250), and Safety and Quality Assessment for Sustainability (SQAS) accredited.
The facility can clean a large variety of products, including foodgrade substances and hazardous goods from ISO tanks, as well as liquid bulk containers and road tankers.
In recent years, the company has added kosher and latex washing to its full range of tank wash services. The company also provides container lifting and either long- or short-term storage at both the Ballinlough depot and the new Little Island container depot.
The Little Island facility is a Sevesocompliant site offering customers the option to store full or empty ISO containers in a secure location with 24-hour security.
The site’s Tank Freight System provides customers with accurate real-time data and daily reports on their ISO tank stock.
A significant emphasis is placed on health and safety and as part of the site’s Major Accident Prevention Policy (MAPP).
This features an isolation bund in the event of a leaking ISO tank or container, which can prevent a large spill or cross-contamination. Further services provided include tank heating which offers customers three different methods including electric plug-in heating, steam heating and warm water heating.
Tank testing and repair
The firm offers a full range of tank testing services, for both intermediate and periodic tests as well as repair of ISO tanks, including foot valve and butterfly valve repair or replacement, along with the replacement of foot valve seals.
Murphy’s also offers pressure testing of tanks and vacuum testing of foot valves and butterfly valves prior to loading.
The company has a fleet of modern euro 5 and 6 trucks, which is GPS tracked to maximise efficiency by offering its customers real-time data and cost-effective transport solutions. The firm currently has its own fleet of tanks, both ISO and road barrel, some of which are rubber lined for corrosive products.
Murphy’s offers a national and international transport service that includes the transportation of a range of hazardous and non-hazardous bulk liquids in road tankers and ISO tanks. The firm also offers a bitumen transport service throughout Ireland and the UK. With growing demand for this service in recent years, the company has added a new tanker to the fleet that has its own heating system. A fully licensed drive-through truck wash is available, which provides a brush wash for vehicles such as panel vans, rigid trucks, articulated trucks, buses, coaches, and a touchless wash for tanks. Murphy’s also provide a wide range of other services within the transport sector.
These include out-of-gauge loads for all types of fully laden containers, of which refrigerated and plug-in requirement are catered for. The company also provides a cross docking service including stripping, reloading and nationwide distribution service based on each customer’s requirements. Specialist services are also available on request.
Current business landscape
The last 12 months have been challenging for the firm with the uncertainty around the Brexit deal and the COVID-19 pandemic.
Like every business, Murphy’s had to rethink how it operated to ensure the safety of staff and customers, but also ensuring it could still provide vital services. The company implemented numerous measures across its business to limit close contacts and ensure social distancing was adhered to in line with the Health Service Executive public health guidelines.




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