Asian Tank Container Organisation (@TCO)

A louder voice for Asia

MEETING REPORT @tco experienced its best ever attendance at its latest general meeting in Singapore, showing that it is meeting its aim of becoming the ‘Voice for Asia’ when it comes to the tank container business

@tco general meeting in Singapore 2014 - Reg Lee (top right)

Tanks to the fore

ASIA Industrial and economic development across Asia, but particularly in China, is making the tank container a more viable alternative to traditional transport methods. According to @tco, that is already generating additional business for operators

Chinese road tanker carrying tank containers with refinery in background

Mister 10 per cent

FLEET The global tank container fleet grew by 10 per cent last year, according to data collated by industry veteran Reg Lee. He expects a similar increase in tank output this year

Tank container built in China

Safety is a serious business

ASIA China represents a significant emerging market for tank containers but there are impediments to growth. At its recent meeting in Shanghai, @tco discussed how the obstacles to development might be overcome

ATCO 2013 delegates in Shanghai

Well bladdered

FLEXITANKS The bag-in-box concept has been around for at least forty years but its use is becoming more widespread. Many players in the liquids supply chain are voicing concerns about the safety of flexitanks, which must be very carefully used if they are to operate without loss of product

Truck with cargo on road with leak

Don’t fear the beam

BEAM TANKS Another case where a port has misunderstood the safety of beam tanks has arisen, and an industry group has been quickly effective at educating the port and getting a ban on the tanks lifted

Sinochem beam tank

Lifetime guarantee

MEETING REPORT @atco held its annual general meeting in Singapore last month, offering a platform to help chemical shippers and logistics providers learn more about tank containers and their effective use in the supply chain. Rahita Elias went along to find out more

Reg Lee and Graham Wood from @TCO

Another depot gets @tco nod

Nanjing Shenyan ISOtank Service Co has become the latest tank depot to be audited and approved by the Asian Tank Container Organisation (@tco) against its depot standards.

Tank fleet still growing

DATA Getting fleet information from tank container operators is not an easy task, as HCB knows only too well. But industry veteran Reg Lee has been collating production data for more than a decade and calculates that the global fleet is growing strongly

Tank containers stacked up with cars in front
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