Posted on 11 March 2020

Tank containers offer you many advantages: high quality, cost-effective and eco-friendly

Tank containers are your best choice for transport and storage of your bulk liquids. They are not only safe and reliable, but also easily stored and eco-friendly. Furthermore, they are cost-effective. Compared to drums, for example, tank containers can help you save up to 40% of costs on a door-to-door shipment.

Tank containers are best described as large stainless steel pressure vessels. Since a steel frame holds the vessels, they can easily and efficiently be stored and stacked and they can be transported by container ships, as well as trucks and trains. 

The tank container vessels we work with are especially designed for the safe, economical and efficient transportation of liquid products like petroleum, lacquers and herbicides, including difficult-to-handle specialty chemicals and bulk-liquid foodstuff like vegetable oils and fruit juices. Our highly trained staff together with our network of 26 offices and 22 depots and hubs worldwide assure expert treatment of your liquids.

Safe and reliable

In addition to their strength and integral heating systems, tank containers have the added benefit of being professionally cleaned after each trip. They are usually lined, which provides insulation for the contents as well as protection from external impacts. The inner shells are manufactured from marine grade stainless steel with a high corrosion resistance. These stainless steel shells (approximately 4.5 mm thick) ensure that your chemicals or food grade products arrive at their destination safely and free from contamination.


Another advantage of transport and storage by tank container is that they can carry a far greater quantity of liquids compared to drums. To be precise, a tank container, with a capacity of 26,000 litres or more, can transport the equivalent of 128 drums with a capacity of 205 litres each (55 US gallons). Transport of this number of drums would mean effectively twice the shipping costs. In addition to this efficiency, bulk liquid tanks also have the advantage of lower labour costs and a higher resale revenue. 


Another important point to mention is that tank containers leave a carbon footprint that is almost 50 percent less than that of an equivalent drummed shipment on certain long-haul routes. Using intermodal transportation also saves fuel and reduces CO2 emissions by up to 70%, especially on hauls over 950 miles. Last but not least, transportation by tank container reduces the risk (and associated costs) of product spillage and leakage and the environmental impact of empty container disposal. The tank container is a recyclable means of transportation, which can be used over and over again.  

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