What are the types, specifications and safety aspects of ISO tank containers?

What are the types, specifications and safety aspects of ISO tank containers?

ISO Tank Containers are regulated by ISO standards which mandate their manufacturing, testing and certification as per international guidelines. This certification guarantees their reliability to transport a range of products from food, oil, chemicals, solvents and fuel. Installed within standard 20 feet shipping container frames, these ISO Tank Containers are insulated with glass wool, glass-reinforced plastic or polyurethane. Tank containers transporting corrosive liquids have a protective layer inside for extra safety and extended life.

Let’s understand the different categories of Tank Containers –

Food-grade Tank Container: Designed to transport food products, they are made of stainless steel with mineral wool insulation.
Silo Tank Container: These tanks transport bulk powder commodities like cement, fly ash, plaster and lime.
Swap-body Tank Container: These tanks come with a barrel that is larger than the frame, and the standard length varies from 23 to 25 feet.
Reefer Tank Container: This is a refrigerated tank that maintains a set temperature to preserve products in their original state of freshness.
Gas Tank Container: Suitable for the intermodal transportation of liquefied gases.
Multi-compartment Tank Container: These tanks have one or two partitions inside the tank, and this allows different types of products to be shipped in a single container at the same time.

ISO Tank Containers have a ‘T Code System Classification’ to identify containers according to the type of cargo they are designed to transport:

T1: Light liquids, Juice, Wine
T3: Diesel, Jet Fuel
T4: Non-hazardous food grade liquids, edible and non-edible oils
T11: Non-hazardous chemicals like Sulfuric Acid, Caustic Soda, and Hydrochloric Acid
T14: Hazardous chemicals
T50: LPG and ammonia gas
T75: Liquefied gases

Safety features:
ISO Tank Containers undergo periodic checks to ensure that they comply with the minimum safety standards because they carry volatile substances. ISO Tank Containers therefore come with some essential safety features such as:

  • Pressure Relief Valves to avert potential explosions resulting from excess pressure build-up.
  • Vapor Valves to stabilize the pressure difference between the inside and outside of the tank.
  • Burst Discs made of steel, designed to rupture and allow discharge of gas when the pressure inside the tank reaches the maximum allowable limit.
  • Thermometers to measure the temperature of the external shell of the container.

Tank Container Carriers focusing on bulk liquid shipping in ISO Tanks Containers are reaping the benefits of using established software solutions to manage day-to-day functions. Vital features such as Vendor Contracts, Tariff and Rating, Product Requests and Approvals, Schedule and Slot Management, Tank Certificate Management, Export and Import Documentation, Job Order Management, Inventory Management, Operations, Alerts Management, Account Payables and Account Receivables help achieve quicker turnaround and company objectives.

Tank Container Depots must overcome hurdles in their quest to attain good productivity and operational efficiency. Software solutions in Tank Container Depot Operations integrate Gate Moves, M&R, Tank Inventory Tracking, Leak Test Reports, Cleaning Certificates, Activity-wise Customer Billing and business-critical management reports.

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