Tieman Tankers, an Australian tanker manufacturer, recently released drone footage of its new 26-meter (85-foot) Fuel Liner tanker built for Hills Tankers using Australia’s approved Performance-Based Standards.
The tanker offers significant payload increases – up to 36 percent – over Tieman’s standard 25m B-doubles at higher mass limits (HMLs), the company said, and safer cruising speeds, with “exceptional” tracking at 100 km/h (62 mph).
Peter Blair, general manager for Hills Tankers, also indicated the Fuel Liner provides advantages over larger tankers that are limited to 90 km/h on HML routes, improving scheduling, and often are more “problematic to operate in terms of road access, flexibility, and therefore, efficiency.”
Tieman said it designed the versatile, low-profile tanker barrels to future proof Hills’ investment, with each barrel’s capacity allowing for any future increases in mass as infrastructure improves.
Hills Tankers opted for Hendrickson MAXX22T trailer air disc brakes for the tanker.
The MAXX22T utilizes single piston disc brake technology for improved service life and reduced weight.
Tieman also reports its Tank Liner range of 26m A-doubles are achieving enhanced swept-path benefits over 25m B-doubles, with or without steer axles, saying drivers are pleased with how they handle.
Ian Glover, driver trainer for Hills Tankers, concurs.
“You can, at times, actually turn left at a roundabout or a junction from the left-hand lane,” he said. “You don’t actually have to utilize two lanes to make a turn.”