Tank Container Rental

Rental of tank containers for shipping and storage of liquid cargoes, cryogenic liquefied gases, liquefied gases, compressed gases powders and granules. One type of tank container for each of our customer’s needs.

The rental of tank containers offers the flexibility to increase the number of units or reduce it for seasonal factors, end of project or other reasons without requiring the company to invest in capital goods.

Both the maintenance and the renewal of the units reaching the end of their operational lives is our responsibility, which reduces your total costs for using these units.

Permanent stock of T11 tank containers of between 24,000 and 26,000 liters. Rental of special tank containers on request.

Short-, medium- and long-term rentals for your needs of:

  • Plant downtime
  • Static tank maintenance
  • Seasonal peaks
  • Increased temporal storage
  • Domestic logistics

Leasing of isotanks for all uses and requirements

Different categories of products and different types of tank containers, among which we find the following:

  1. Tank containers for chemical products
  2. Tank containers for food products
  3. Tank containers to gases
  4. Tank containers for asphalt
  5. Tank containers for powders and granules

All types of isotanks for hire to meet all your needs and requirements:

1. Tank containers for chemical products

Tank containers for chemical products with stainless steel barrel and valves or carbon steel barrel, for shipping and storing hazardous and non-hazardous liquid products. With or without internal cladding according to the product to be stored or shipped. 20’ intermodal units apt for loading on a ship, truck or train with a water and steam heating system.

2. Tank containers for food products

Tank containers for food products with stainless steel barrel and valves for shipping and storing hazardous liquid products. Possibility to equip them with special valves and gaskets, stirrers, and a variety of sensing devices according to the product and the customer’s requirements. 20’ intermodal units apt for loading on a ship, truck or train with a water and steam heating system or electric temperature control system.

3. Tank containers to gases

Tank containers for liquefied gases, cryogenic liquefied gases and compressed gases. 20’ and 40’ units. Suitable for a wide variety of products such as: LPG, propane, butane, butadiene, butylene, ammonia, propylene, R12, R22, R124. R134a, R141b, R142b, R152a, R227, R236fa, R245fa and natural gas (LNG), nitrogen, argon, oxygen, ethane, ethylene, carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide, trifluoromethane, nitrous oxide, trifluoromethane (R23), among others.

4. Tank containers for asphalt

The Bitutainer for asphalt is a tank container for shipping and storing asphalts, bitumens and heavy fuels. These containers are intermodal and stackable. They are prepared to operate with gas, electric or diesel oil burners. 20’ versions for shipping and storage and 40’ version for storage only.

5. Tank containers for powders and granules

The tank container for powders and granules or pneumatic tank container is a unit designed for shipping and storing powders like cement and pellet resins. These units operate and unload from the side, suitable for railways, and are equipped with fluidizers to maximize barrel emptying. For use with a pneumatic pump, which is not included.

All you need to know about ISO tank containers

Throughout the following points we shall attempt to explain simply the main features and benefits of ISO tank containers, answering some of the main queries regarding what they are, what issues they solve and how they can be incorporated into our operation.

What is an ISO tank container?

An ISO tank container, also called Isotank, Tanktainer, or Tank Container, is a tank container manufactured under ISO standards. The ISO tank container is made up of a recipient usually made of stainless steel covered by an insulation and a protection that may be aluminum and polyurethane. This recipient is located within a steel structure or frame that protects it. These ISO tank containers are used to ship and store all types of bulk liquids, powders, granules and gases.

They are built in several sizes, they may or may not be pressurized, and the frame is built according to ISO standards (International Standard Organization, ISO 668).All the designs can be raised from above, must be stackable and the recipient or barrel, as well as the valves and other service equipment must remain within the internal limits of the ISO framework. The most common are 20-foot tank containers, although there are tank containers of 10’, 30’, 40’ and those called Swap Tanks.

What is an ISO tank container for?

An ISO tank container is used to ship and store all types of bulk goods, hazardous and non-hazardous liquids, chemicals and foods, liquid products with special needs such as refrigeration or heating, solids, powders and granules such as cement and pellet resins, refrigerated liquefied gas, liquefied gas for oil, asphalt, among others.

They are especially suitable for intermodal transport as their dimensions are in line with the rules of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). This allows the tank container to be shipped in the most habitual means, including container vessels, trucks and railway.

With regard to storage, they share the benefits of any international cargo container, whereby they can be stored stacked in a warehouse maximizing space use. One unique feature of ISO tank containers for liquids is that the units are interconnectable, allowing them to become a single large-capacity modular container.

Advantages of ISO tank containers

ISO tank containers offer a series of advantages with respect to other types of containers; these are some of the main ones:

1. Sustainable

ISO tank containers are reusable. As regards shipping, they reduce the handling of the cargo in transit by way of intermodalism, which halves the carbon footprint of the equivalent amount of the product in drums. At the end of their operational life, the materials of a tank container are easily recycled.

2. Security

The drum and the valves of an ISO tank container are made of high quality stainless steel. This material is compatible with a wide range of chemical products and is easy to clean and disinfect.

The opening called manlid in the upper part of the tank makes it possible for workmen to enter and inspect, test and repair it.

t is equipped with a battery and loading and unloading valves, designed for different types of operations and products, and to prevent leaks during filling and emptying. This prevents the product from spilling and the hazards involved therefrom.

In the event of an emergency, the distance valve has a distance closing mechanism to ensure safe operation.

With respect to inner pressure changes, either during the filling process or due to temperature, a balance is achieved by way of a relief safety valve that releases the excess pressure at any time and an air line valve through which gases are pumped to increase the pressure when needed.

In the case of products which should not be exposed to oxygen, nitrogen or other gases may be added instead of air. Because some liquid products only flow seamlessly at high temperatures, the tank’s coils can be fed with steam to heat the contents gradually until the optimal unloading temperature is reached.

3. Economical

The tank container can ship an greater amount of liquid than can be shipped in a container with drums or barrels.

The tank container can load up to 26,000 liters or more, which is equivalent to 130 200-liter drums.

One standard 20’ container can load 10 pallets + 10 stacked on the first ones at double height, to a total of 20 pallets. Each pallet can carry 4 200-liter drums, whereby we can load 80 200-liter drums on 20 pallets, which is equivalent to 16,000 liters of the product.

Shipping 26,000 liters of a product in drums in a standard container would double the cost of shipping in an ISO tank container.

Additionally, ISO tank containers require less labor for the loading process, so fewer man-hours also translates to lower costs and a lower risk of accidents.

ISO tank or Flexitank? Which should I choose?

A Flexitank is a polyethylene bag with a capacity similar to that of an ISO tank, which is installed within a standard 20’ container to ship non-hazardous chemical and food liquids. It has the following advantages:

  • Low purchasing cost
  • Its loading capacity is greater than a shipment of drums in a standard 20’ container.
  • Lower operational costs than those of drums
  • An ideal alternative when no ISO tanks are available
  • Reduced storage space of new unused folded bags

It has the following drawbacks:

  • Greater carbon footprint. It is single-use equipment that needs to be recycled
  • Recycling cost
  • Leakage may occur if it is not correctly filled or adequately conditioned within the container
  • Greater heating time
  • International regulations do not allow hazardous goods to be shipped in Flexitanks

What is the capacity of an ISO tank container?

ISO tank containers for liquids are available in a wide variety of capacities. They are habitually found on the market for between 15,000 and 26,000 liters.

What are the dimensions of ISO tanks?

The most common are 20-foot tank containers, although there are tank containers of 10’, 30’, 40’ and those called Swap Tanks.

The external dimensions of 20’ ISO tank containers are: L: 6.10 m ( 20′) x W: 2.44 m ( 8′) x H: 2.59 m (8’ 6”)

Units are available with a height of less than H: 2.438 (8’)

What are the parts of an ISO tank container?

The ISO tank is a recipient mounted within a framework in accordance with ISO standards.

  1. Recipient/Depot/Tank/Barrel, this is generally built of stainless steel, carbon steel or aluminum.
  2. Framework: the barrel is welded within the frame which is used to seat it and protect it from potential damage while handling and shipping The framework is designed to specific dimensions and tolerances in accordance with strict ISO standards and complies with stacking requirements and regulations about lateral and longitudinal strains.
  3. Manlid: this is a stainless steel lid that covers the inspection hole. The container can be loaded through the manlid but it is subject to contamination. The lid must be built to withstand the same demands as the tank and must be of the appropriate size such that a person is able access the interior of the tank through it.
  4. Air Valve: This is used to pressurize the tank during the unloading process – it pushes the product loaded in the tank out – or for testing and eliminating steam.
  5. Top Unloading: This is located at the upper back part of the tank and unless its use is requested, it is generally sealed.
  6. Bottom Unloading Valves: A triple closing system allows this valve to close from a distance in the event of a spill of hazardous substances or of fire.
  7. Relief Valve: These are relief valves that protect the tank from excess over-pressurization or vacuum.
  8. Insulation: this is a glass fiber or polyester coating that protects the tank from rain and salt water.
  9. Heating System: This may be a system of coils that carry steam/water or an electrical system.
  10. Stairway and Walkway: To easily access the upper connections and the manlid
  11. Data Plate: The unit’s identification data and features.
  12. Thermometer: Measures the product’s temperature at the place where it is located.
  13. Document Holder: Water resistant and weatherproof.
  14. External Coating: protects the water insulation.
  15. Flame-breaker: A mesh used when shipping flammable liquids, allows pressure to escape without flame regression.
  16. Identification: Every container has its own unique alphanumeric identification.

How much does an ISO tank container weigh?

20’ ISO tanks for liquids generally have a tare of approximately 3,500 kilos.


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