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[post_content] => The concept of the tank container – or ISO tank – goes back a few decades now. And it is worth remembering why it emerged: not just to open up options in intermodal transport but also to overcome some of the safety concerns of road tankers.
Road tankers feature a tank barrel welded into a frame or to the bed of the trailer and this creates a highly unstable environment for the transport of dangerous or sensitive substances, particularly those of the chemical variety.
“When the tank, the frame and the vehicle are a single unit, there is a lot of pressure being placed on all the joints and welds of the tank, including the tank body itself,” explains Sebastian Bojarski, product line director at THIELMANN. “Even if that truck is travelling exclusively down smooth, tarmacked highways, over time that pressure will eventually take its toll and the tank will twist, the frame will bend or the two components could even disengage from the transport vehicle.
“Add in the bumps in the road, off-road uneven terrain passage, and rough handling during loading and unloading procedures, and very quickly there could be a disaster waiting to happen where unstable or hazardous materials could be released from the tank system with serious results, both for personnel, the environment and wider industry.”
The challenge becomes even greater when a true multimodal transport envelope is required. Tank containers are not transported solely by road and rail; they must be able to be loaded onto ships, stacked many units high, and even carried in the cargo area of transport aircraft. Here, the knocks are greater and the environment more unpredictable, all of which means the tanks themselves have to withstand higher stresses while still retaining the safety levels to which they are certified.
The first step to the solution is to remove the tank from the truck to give it the ability to pass through an intermodal supply chain. Secondly - as with THEILMANN tank container systems - by separating the tank from the frame the pressure is taken off the tank body, offering a much more reliable containment system. It also provides fewer areas for wear and tear, offering a longer service life. Furthermore, integrating the tank within standard or low-profile ISO frames offers significant handling advantages.
“On a single journey a tank container system could pass through multiple different cargo areas, be loaded and unloaded onto different trucks, and pass onto and off aircraft or ships,” says Bojarski. “One thing that all logisticians have available to them in every cargo area is the equipment to handle standard ISO shipping containers.
“THIELMANN tank containers can be handled, stacked and transported by any equipment or vehicle that is built to interface with shipping containers without the need for special equipment, and that is a big advantage for simplifying logistics, reducing equipment requirements and speeding up the passage of tank containers through their journey.”
THIELMANN’s solutions for chemical transport offer capacities ranging from 1,000 to 45,000 litres, many in standard ISO dimensions. All benefit from the company’s expertise in welding and manipulating high-value alloys and can be tailored to meet customer requirements, including the addition of integrated heating and cooling, integral pumping and lining options. With decades of experience, all THIELMANN products meet or exceed the regulatory requirements for the transport and handling of chemicals and toxic gases, with the company carrying ASME VIII R, U, T, as well as many national-specific certificates.
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Thielmann: Smart and safe
THIELMANN explains how tank containers are not only a safer and more reliable way to leverage intermodal options but also a smarter idea all round