Van den Bosch expands with flexitanks

June 28, 2017

Van den Bosch has extended its logistic services with flexitanks. In addition to the current availability of tank containers, liquid bulk products can also be shipped in flexitanks to destinations worldwide.

Shipping liquid bulk products in flexitanks has grown into a popular transport mode. “We notice a growing interest in flexitanks to supplement our current activities,” says Paul van de Vorle, director business development at Van den Bosch. “That is why we have decided to extend our services and include flexitanks in our deep sea activities. In combination with tank containers, we now offer a complete concept for the shipment of liquid bulk products.”

Flexitanks are suitable for the transport of liquid food and chemicals (non-IMO). Popular export products, such as oil, wine, latex, and glycerine, are already frequently shipped in flexitanks.

“From strategic locations in Europe and Africa, flexitanks can be shipped to destinations worldwide,” Van de Vorle says. “The huge advantage is that flexitanks are for single use only. Therefore, a return load is not required and customers benefit from favorable rates based on one-way use.”

Moreover, flexitanks have a capacity up to 24,000 liters (6,340 gallons), so the payload is significantly higher compared to alternative forms of transport, such as IBCs and drums. It leads to cost savings and a reduced number of transport movements. Further, there is no risk of contamination due to the single use. It is also an environmentally friendly way of transport, as flexitanks are fully recyclable.

Flexitanks are a welcome supplement to the current activities of Van den Bosch. “Our intermodal activities have seen a strong growth,” Van de Vorle says. “We now belong to the top ten of bulk transporters in the European market. Next to that, we opened sites in Dubai, Cape Town (South Africa), and Tema (Ghana) over the last few years and expanded our intermodal fleet. By offering flexitanks, we want to further develop our intermodal activities with a focus on Europe and Africa.”