Transporting liquids in bulk is a popular strategy for moving a variety of fluids, including food products, hazardous chemicals and non-hazardous chemicals. In some cases, the products need to be delivered in these massive quantities. But in many cases, shippers have found that it’s simpler and more cost-effective to move these products in bulk, then package them at the destination.
Because there are many different types of liquid products with varied properties and requirements, there are also several distinct products that can be used for liquid bulk transport. ISO tanks, IBCs and drums are just a few of the many options for transporting liquids in bulk.
One of the innovations that we’ve spotlighted in this issue of LM is the flexibag, also commonly known as the flexitank. This product has steadily been gaining popularity thanks to its cost-effectiveness and ease of use. One flexibag, which is transported within a standard twenty foot container, can hold up to 24,000L of product. One container of IBCs, meanwhile can hold 20 1000L IBCs – equivalent to 20,000L of product. Drums can hold even less, as one container can fit up to eight 200L drums – adding up to just 16,000L capacity.
Not only do flexibags offer greater capacity, but they also cut down on loading and unloading time. Rather than having to stuff 80 drums into a container, there’s only one bag to be handled.
Of course, flexibags aren’t suitable for every type of liquid bulk product. Hazardous materials, for example, still need to be transported by the likes of ISO tanks, drums and IBCs. However, flexibags are well-suited for moving food products such as edible oils, wines, water and dairy products; and non-hazardous chemicals, including waxes, latex and pharmaceuticals. Flexibags even allow for a certain amount of temperature control. With a number of benefits, flexibags are a good option to consider when transporting liquids in bulk.