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Flexitank: review or the whole truth about Flexitank.

Flexitank: review or the whole truth about Flexitank.

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Good day, dear friends! In this article I would like to draw your attention to Flexitanks, and try to understand together with you, what this product is and, as one of the great people said, - what to do with it!

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Flexitank - is an elastic independent tank made of a specially formulated polymer materials designed for 20' containers, and is a safe container for transportation of liquid bulk cargo.

From this definition, we can understand that the whole package is designed for 20' containers, as it seems to have developed on behalf of the logistics (TEU owners), in order to make optimal use of the 20' containers. It is clear that this package is an alternative to the barrels, tanks, tank-containers. And the most optimal use of flexitank is achieved if transportation is multi-modal (several modes of transport - sea, train, car).

So in case of Flexi container you don’t need to reload the cargo every time, and is case of barrels - it is always a decrease of cost transportation. As far as I know, in our country, flexi-tanks have found quite a wide application of using: in import transportations - wine material, different non- dangerous chemicals, etc., in export - plant oils and products of oil refining industry.

Flexitanks are also used for storage of water, for example, in summer there is a constant danger of fire, so flexi containers has been adopted by the Russian Emergencies Ministry. In general, the list of application is wide enough and you can find many articles in the Internet regarding this product. . But in this case we are interested in logistics, so I continue.

Worldwide, there are more than 40 manufacturers of flexitank. Container Owners Association created a group to work with FLEXITANK in Paris at the end of June 2007. Their aim was to develop standards and rules of use, which manufacturers, operators and container companies can follow. After it a few versions of this document were released, the latter came out in October 2011 (you can find it in the internet if interested).

As a result, all activities of fleksitare production was governed by the European Quality Standard ISO 9001, ISO 22000, COA. All manufacturers have periodically to undergo regular inspection of materials and equipment for the production of flexitare in the most serious international organizations. But that's not all. As I mentioned before, the most optimal use of Flexitank is in multimodal transportation – sea, car and railway. In case of the sea and cars in Russia it's simple. The sea is regulated by Container Owners Association, that is, if a flex is produced by a manufacturer according to all approved standard, the sea line ships the container without any issues. For example Russian Association of Road Carriers have never encountered any problems at all. But in case of the third part of multimodal transportation, PC Russian Railways, you can meet a lot of difficulties. Your container with a flexitank will not be accepted for transportation, if the manufacturer of flex has no document authorizing LTC (local technical conditions). And you can get them as you see only in the structure of Russian Railways. I don’t want to describe the whole process of getting LTC, though you’ll not find it in the Internet either, I can only say one thing: you remember that there are more than 40 manufacturers of flex, but only three companies have LTC for transportation across the entire network of Railways. They are Evropack, Bigredfleksitank and Politec. And it turns out that, even if (for example, when you import) you manage to fill in flexitank with cargo and deliver it to the port, you won’t be able to dispatch it by rail without LTC. Even if you manage to do it, at the arrival station you’ll be penalized five times over. It means that if the total price of one container is 50000 rur, the penalty will be 250000 rubles.

I have to take a break in the disclosure of the main question of this entire article “FLEXITANK” But I promise to continue in the nearest future. I would like to end this article on a more optimistic note that flexitanks is a GOOD thing! In future articles I will discuss how the above mentioned companies have already reduced the cost of transportation using flexi-tanks, what “plus” and “minus” they have.

Sincerely, Author.

To be continued, Part 2