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[post_content] => Joint Tank Services (JTS) has been the at the forefront of expansion, innovation and the introduction of new technologies to the Middle East over the last 20 years. The first JTS depot was established in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (North), next to the DP World container terminal, in 1998. Today, the JTS Jebel Ali depot covers a total area of more than 28,000 m2
, has storage capacity for 1,800 empty tank containers, can stack tank containers five high and provides lifting capacity up to nine tonnes. Customers include both major tank container operators and leasing companies.
“At a time when tank containers were not well known or used in the Middle East, the partners of JTS saw a great potential to offer the first professionally run, tailor-made facility dedicated to cleaning, repair, storage and support services for intermodal tanks,” says Pasupathy Swamy, general manager of JTS. “Coupled with the growing regional hub potential, professional environment and services offered by the Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (JAFZA) and DP World made this a winning combination.”
Throughout 2010, JTS underwent a major change, kickstarting further growth and laying the foundations for some dynamic years ahead. Part of that was the decision to relocate from Jebel Ali Free Zone North to South.
“The new team recognised the performance and potential this business model offered and therefore approved the construction of a new facility,” says Swamy. “The direction of the new facility was not only to consolidate existing services for the tank container industry, but also to expand our portfolio by developing business offerings directly to the chemical industry in segments such as chemical drumming, warehousing and distribution.”
JTS’s package of services now includes cleaning tank containers, intermediate bulk containers (IBCs) and road tankers, covering even difficult cargoes such as resin and synthetic latex, and the testing and repair of tank containers. The repair services are diverse, including structural and shell repairs; statutory IMO testing; tank surveys, inspections and checks. Furthermore, JTS offers its customers offsite technical assistance, the handling and storage of empty tank containers, tracking and coordination assistance, and leasing and full transport logistics.
“We maintain a very high standard and are equal to the major depots being operated in Europe,” says Swamy. “Our key strengths are our customer-centric approach, one-stop solution for all tank container requirements, a highly competent team of people well versed with regulations and codes of practice, and a standardised and refined process that ensures high quality services along with competitive prices.”
JTS is the first facility in the Middle East which is quality (ISO 9001:2015), environment (ISO 14001:2015) and OHSAS 18001:2007 certified and SQAS assessed.
LOGISTICS AND DEPOTS
The new JTS Chemical Logistics division (JTS Chemlog) became operational in July in Jebel Ali. It provides storage of full tanks with Class 3, 4.1, 6.1, 8, 9 and non-hazardous cargo, as well as drumming, warehousing of both hazardous and non-hazardous chemicals and distribution.
Eric Chan, head of JTS Chemlog, highlights JTS’s strengths as an integrated chemical logistics provider and specialist in chemical logistics: “Our new facility is equipped with filling stations to help our customers repack their products from bulk to smaller packages, such as drums, IBCs and more. Our full tank open storage areas are completely self-contained and fitted with fire detection systems.
“We are able to reduce order cycle time and deliver better inventory management solutions for our clients, thus creating cost savings for them. Meanwhile, our customised warehouse management system is designed to serve our customers.”
The thinking behind JTS Chemlog is clear: “We feel that such value-added services need to be part of the package if you want to be a one-stop chemical hub,” explains Chan.
The new depot in Oman, JTS (FZC) Sohar, is a 100 per cent subsidiary of JTS-Jebel Ali. Set in the Sohar Port Free Zone, the facility has an area of 32,000 m2
. Of this, 10,000 m2
has been developed to handle the expert cleaning, repair, testing and storage of both full and empty tank containers. Operations officially began in the middle of September. Following on from this, a second phase will be developed for drumming and warehousing at the site.
The reasons behind these developments are a response to the growth of Oman’s petrochemical industry. The Sohar facility currently has capacity for 180 empty and 60 full tank containers and can handle T50 gas tank containers as well.
MEETING A NEED
R Elavarasan, depot manager at the new Sohar facility, says: “Uncompromising commitment to quality, health, safety and environmental issues is the greatest strength of JTS. JTS has brought invaluable experience and expertise acquired over two decades to our new facility. This facility is equipped with state-of-the-art machinery and all tank container needs are offered under one roof. It is important that the Sohar facility is also approved by Civil Defence for storing laden tank containers that contain Class 3, 4.1, 6, 8 and 9 items. JTS identified the need for a logistics service provider at Sohar that can provide all the services that are required for tank containers, laden tank container storage and transportation.”
Elavarasan explains further that location is one of the key features for the Sohar facility. “Sohar port has become an ideal transhipment centre between east and west,” he says. “The new facility is aimed at serving the Qatar and local market. The new highway that connects Sohar and Saudi Arabia also links existing roads to the UAE, further increasing the potential of Sohar port. Our existing customers are keenly looking forward to using the services that are to be offered in JTS Sohar, as it will greatly reduce the repositioning costs for the operators and for Qatar exporters.”
According to Elavarasan and other JTS staff, a key factor setting JTS apart has been its investment in people: “This has enabled the building of an experienced and skilled workforce that delivers expressed and implied customer requirements every time.”
Finally, in-keeping with the environmental prowess of the Jebel Ali facility, the Sohar facility has had an in-house wastewater treatment plant designed and installed to greatly reduce the impact on the environment. This commitment mirrors that of Jebel Ali, where wastewater is being treated to irrigation standard and used for plants.
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