Refractory Recycling


Who says "CATS" and fish can't get along.   With  guidance from Kraemer Gunite's own sea faring Cap'n Ed Kraemer, major oil refineries are realizing significant cost savings while receiving excellent press by converting their old refractory lined "Cat Cracker" parts into off shore havens for ocean life.   Thousands of tons of refractory lined steel components have been recycled into artificial reefs off the coast of New Jersey, USA.    The effort is part of the State's Official Artificial Reef Program managed by the Department of Environmental Protection's Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife.

        Over the years, the ocean floor off North America's eastern seaboard has become an underwater desert due largely to commercial fishing operations that have swept it naked leaving fish, shellfish, plants and other sealife homeless.    The artificial reef creates an oasis where ocean life migrates to an thrives.

        Since the program started in 1984, the department has been using scrap cars, dismantled ships, concrete filled tire units, rocks, old concrete from bridge decks and buildings, etc. to form the reefs, which quickly become inhabited by all sorts of ocean life.    In addition to increasing the population of numerous ocean species, the reefs offer scuba divers and anglers spectacular surroundings for exploring the great Atlantic.   The unique shape of "Cat Cracker" cyclones, heat exchangers, condensors, large pipes, cones, etc. make them ideal for artificial reefs.

        Sinking components on reefs has proven less costly then separation of the refractory from the steel which is required for salvage and disposal.   In addition to these cost savings, the donor of reef materials is eligible for a tax credit (not a deduction) for the full salvage value of the items being donated.    And it helps solve a serious landfill problem while promoting a healthy ecology.       

        The Department has four conditions which must be met before accepting materials for use on reefs.


    1) The structures contain no floatable materials.

    2) The parts must be free from oil and toxic chemicals.

    3) Items are delivered to the reef at the donor's cost.

    4) A State inspector accompanies the barge and oversees

        the unloading operation.


Used refractory lined parts, including those from Fluid Catalytic Cracking Units (FCCU's), can meet these requirements.    Contact Kraemer Gunite, Inc. for detailed information about how you can participate in the program.


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Pitman, New Jersey 08071

Phone: 856-227-8097



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