After unloading their latest crude shipments, these Atlas Oil Company transports head back to the oil field to pick up another load. The average haul is 128 miles each way. Atlas Oil now has more than 50 transports hauling crude in South Texas, in addition to four transload locations, two of which are dedicated to crude oil. The company recently launched its Atlas Oil Crude Transloading & Logistics business unit as part of a larger expansion into other oil and gas shale plays.
Atlas Oil's crude transport management team in the field includes [from left] Mark Rabb, Rene Alfaro, and Stephen Sutton.
An Atlas Oil driver holds up a crude oil sample that is ready for testing.
Atlas Oil drivers are thoroughly trained in procedures to safely and efficiently handle crude oil loading and unloading.
Atlas Oil crude transports offload their cargo at the Texas Flow Tankage LLC terminal at the Port of Victoria TX.
Heil Trailer International is the supplier of choice for Atlas Oil's crude trailers. The fleet specifies double-conical tanks with a 210-barrel capacity.
Robinson centrifuges are the fleet standard for crude oil analysis.
Digital level gauges from Titan Logix Corp are mounted in a cabinet to protect them from the elements.
Tractor-mounted STAC Thermaflow hydraulics drive the product pump on the trailer.
Product-handling equipment includes Roper pumps, Civacon API adapters, and Betts Wet-R-Dry valves.
Crude oil is unloaded through a Civacon API adapter on the trailer and an OPW connector at the receiving facility.