The composite tankers provide several advantages to trucking companies, including durability, a longer service life, lower maintenance costs and reduced weight. Djukic says Omni tankers weigh half as much as steel tanks carrying the equivalent volume, which reduces fuel consumption. In addition, since the total weight of truck, trailer, tanks and payload has a regulated maximum, dedicating more of that weight to the payload and less to the tank reduces the cost of transport.
Another advantage is that the foam core provides insulation, which helps reduce any chemical breakdown brought on by high outside temperatures. That’s particularly helpful during long hauls, Djukic notes.
The tanks also can be turned around more quickly. With little or no chemical absorption, all they need at the end of a run is a simple washout before being used to transport a different chemical. Since standard liners absorb chemicals much more readily, it’s typical for a traditional tank to be assigned to a specific chemical, making logistics challenging at times.
Omni Tanker has sold approximately 140 tankers in Australia. Djukic says the tanks should soon be available in Europe and North America once they gain regulatory approval. Because of the tankers’ attributes, Djukic also envisions them moving more than hazardous chemicals; they could transport milk and other foodstuffs.