Another eventful year is in the books.
I’ll always remember 2022 as the year my Houston Astros claimed their second World Series championship, presumably without banging on any trash cans, hopefully silencing the far noisier haters out there (doubtful).
That probably wasn’t the biggest story of the year for most of you.
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine upended the global economy, wreaked havoc on oil markets, and fueled pandemic-induced inflation, leading to higher diesel prices and skyrocketing rates as carriers scrambled to adjust to the double whammy of rising driver wages due to the ongoing shortage, and higher equipment costs.
Of course, there was also the Will Smith slap heard round the world, and Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, but I digress.
In our special, and highly specialized segment of the trucking industry, mergers and acquisitions continued at a brisk pace, diversification increased, and battery-electric trucks forced their way into the tank truck discussion as environmental, social, and governance (ESG) initiatives increasingly guide business activities.
You can check out Bulk Transporter’s recent story detailing one carrier’s first steps toward fleet electrification for more on how impending Advanced Clean Fleets legislation will impact all our buying decisions in 2023—another trip around the sun sure to include familiar issues, like lawsuit abuse, and new ones, like the looming threat of recession.
But before attacking next year’s problems, take a few minutes to reflect on the top tank truck stories of 2022 by revisiting the Top 15 most-viewed articles and galleries on bulktransporter.com over the last 12 months.
Bulk haulers desperately hoping for good news as diesel prices soared to record levels made this our most popular story this year. And the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s 2023 forecast is positive, in terms of product to haul and operating expenses.
Shiny new tank trailers as far as the eye can see? Yes please. And this year’s event, held in my hometown of “Bulk City,” also featured plenty of educational content, and updates on the association’s brand and driver recruitment efforts.
Electronic-logging devices, and how the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates them, continue to be a hot-button issue. The agency’s proposed revisions had received 1,334 comments as of Dec. 2.
Inquiring minds want to know what Bob Heniff is doing. Heniff Transportation’s moves this year also included expanding its rail transloading network, hiring former NTTC president Dan Furth, and adding 10 Nikola electric trucks.
The company founded by industry legend Steve Rush was one of several that joined KAG in 2022, including K-Limited Carrier and American PetroLog.
M&A isn’t only for carriers. This was earth-shattering news in the world of tank cleaning and maintenance explored here in more detail.
The bulk transporter founded by industry leaders Dean and Kim Kaplan now is part of the Kenan Advantage Group.
Safety wins always are worth celebrating. After covering the presentation of the 2021 Heil Trophies during NTTC’s 2022 Annual Conference in San Diego, Bulk Transporter did its part with feature stories on Service Transport and Lacy’s last month.
Our first cover story of the year also was the most viewed in 2022, which may have something to do with it being up the longest. Nevertheless, Altom and Al Warren’s quest to grow their unique operations while staying united is a tale worth taking in.
Learn how one man’s heartfelt dedication to his customers and community helped his company overcome pandemic-related challenges.
Think bulk haulers aren’t doing their part to advance environmental, health, safety, and security initiatives? Read this, then think again.
ITCA expects to see 1 million tank containers in global operations by 2025. This CSX-owned carrier is leading the way in the U.S. with its truck-rail-truck service featuring a new container designed to spur domestic adoption.
Top Gun: Maverick was the highest-grossing film of 2022, but Tom Cruise has nothing on Usher president Ryan Usher, who's the real deal in the air.
Will they strike? Won’t they strike? What will Washington do? We may be in the clear now, but bulk haulers couldn’t wait around to find out.
And finally, yes we love our tank trailers, but we can all still appreciate a good-looking internal combustion engine tractor, too.