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Van Hool delivers prototype 45 ft tank container for rail transport to BASF


Koningshooikt - Van Hool, independent manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles has developed a new 45 ft tank container for rail transport, especially for and in cooperation with BASF. This tank container combined with a container wagon offers many advantages in comparison to the classic rail tank car.

The 20 to 30 ft tank containers currently used for combined transport (rail, water and road) are the basis for this development. The aim was to create a new system that could make conventional rail transport as flexible and fast as combined transport without compromising on the advantages offered by the existing, high-load capacity of conventional rail transport.

With 63 m3 capacity and a maximal allowable weight of 75 tons, the 45 ft tank container has a loading capacity that is the double of a usual tank container and comparable to that of a rail tank car. The new optimized-for-rail tank container uses the same techniques as the 20 to 30 foot tank containers. The 45 ft tank containers can be used for rail transport, inland waterways and (when empty) also for road transport. Furthermore they can go into container depots for storage. They are also equipped with modern insulation techniques and heating systems. The 45 ft tank container has a higher loading capacity in relation to its own weight compared to the rail tank car. Thanks to its properties of being removable from the container wagon and stackable , the 45 ft tank container requires less infrastructure and offers more flexibility for loading and unloading.


Cost advantages of conventional rail transport

A significant part of the total transport costs in conventional rail tank transport can be saved on the transport between loading place and railway station as well as between railway station and unloading place.

The removable tank offers a number of advantages here: less wagons are needed ; the use of a crane improves supply and cleaning and repairs can be carried out faster.

The size of the new container provides besides the logistic advantages in loading and the optimization of the fleet even more cost advantages in comparison to the rail tank car. The annual mileage of a rail tank car amounts to nearly 25.000 km, whereas that of a container wagon is 180,000 km. Overall the 45 ft tank container is contributing significantly in making conventional rail transport more competitive and taking more loads off the road onto the railways. BASF plans to start using the new 45 ft tank containers from 2017.

Van Hool is an independent Belgian manufacturer of buses, coaches and industrial vehicles. The company, founded in 1947, is located in Koningshooikt. The bulk of its production is destined for export in Europe and America. Van Hool employs more than 4,800 staff around the world, of whom the major part is based on the production site in Koningshooikt and Bree (Belgium) and in Skopje (Macedonia).



Editors, for more information, please contact:


Editors, for more information, you can contact:

Dirk Snauwaert, Public Relations Manager at Van Hool,
Bernard Van Hoolstraat 58, 2500 Lier (Koningshooikt).
Tel.: +32 (0)3 420 22 12; Mobile: +32 (0)499 555 032;
e-mail: dirk.snauwaert@vanhool.be.
Website: www.vanhool.be
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