Welcome to Flexitank, Inc.
We understand the culture and business practices, speak the language and
are thoroughly familiar with the geography.
We created Flexitank, Inc. after years of experience in specifying and contracting
bulk liquid transportation services of all types for related manufacturing
activities. Our range covers from Intermediate Bulk Containers (IBC's or Totes)
to Marine Bulk Terminals. Our user orientation and our ability to operate in
all routing and intermodal alternatives make us a unique player in the industry.
Furthermore, we have been active in Latin America and the Caribbean for 25
years. We understand the culture and business practices, speak the languages
and are thoroughly familiar with the geography. The company is totally focused
on and committed to the Western Hemisphere which we call home.
As a user of our own services, we are particularly sensitive to the exposures
that can be created from improper safety or environmental practices, particularly
when managing hazardous materials. In the era of responsible care, you can
entrust your stewardship responsibilities upon us.
We are committed to the continuous improvement of these skills to attain our
objectives and to be recognized as the undisputed tank operator of the Americas.
Thus, if you want to move liquids economically and safely in bulk quantities
within this region, give us the opportunity to analyze your alternatives and
objectives and present our recommendations. You will be pleasantly surprised.
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To provide a safe, cost effective, reliable, and well informed bulk liquid and
compressible gas transportation service to customers within the Americas using
Offices and Agencies
Our extensive agency network provides through coverage of the Western
St. Croix, U.S.V.I.
The coordination of the entire process is done by the office or agency closest
to the originating or customer location at its destination counterpart. Every customer is attended exclusively by one of our offices.
The initial step is to determine the type of intermodal tank to be used for
a specific service. The concept of strict dedication is then explored.
Next, inland and marine logistics are selected. Key considerations to minimize
costs and risks are:
Direct loading (trucking) vs. transfer stations (rail tanks).
Steamship lines, port rotation, sailing frequency, hazardous cargo handling
Time required by the importer to clear customs.
Specifications and exclusions.
Destination storage capabilities.
Unload and return the equipment to the port.
A trans-regional agency in Antwerp, Belgium oversees traffic between the Americas
and Europe. The entire organization is interconnected via Internet.
whole logistics definition process is driven by the resulting door-door unit
cost (USD per lb., metric ton, gallon or liter), safety and reliability.
The coordination of the entire process is done by the office or agency responsible
to the customer and its destination counterpart.
The San Juan headquarters, where a single, all-inclusive invoice is generated
for the customer, pays all subcontracted services. Flexitank also offers its
extensive intermodal capabilities to manage proprietary tank fleets.
One source, one contact, one phone call, one invoice... yields the optimum
solution to your liquid logistics needs: door-to-door or port-to-port.
Flexitank, Inc. will analyze the alternatives available to transport your
product, optimize the route, freight and payload to yield the lowest cost per
unit, coordinate all movements from origin to destination and consolidate all
transactions in one invoice.
extensive network of agencies and offices is at your service to support your
marketing and distribution efforts anywhere in the Americas and the Caribbean.
Intermodal tanks are so called because of their ability to be transferred as
a regular container, between trucking, railroad, and marine vessels without
Flexitank, Inc. operates
two types of 20' intermodal tanks:
Due to their ability to safely handle a huge spectrum of products, from extremely
hazardous liquids to compressed liquified gases, the 20' ISO tank is the undisputed
workhorse in the intermodal tank industry.
There are several types of ISO tanks:
Strictly dedicated IMO 1 or IMO 2 tanks for compatible edible products are used
as food grade tanks. In addition, Flexitank
has designed special ISO tanks for specific services. Specially designed tanks
for aviation gasoline and Toluene Diisocyanate are two such examples. Most tanks
are also equipped with heating capabilities. ISO
tank barrels are typically constructed from stainless steel, except for the IMO
5's, which are all steel.
This equipment consists of a pillow type tank inside a 20' dry container, typically
in the 21,000/25,000 liter range, which could be constructed from a nylon/polyurethane
composite material (thermoplastic) or from rubber (elastomer). There are disposable
versions of the thermoplastic tank but generally they are extensively re-used.
Although they can
be washed, dedicated service is highly recommended.
Flexible tanks cannot be used to
transport hazardous materials.
Shippers are usually skeptical about using flexible tanks for permissible
products, especially if they are potentially deleterious to the environment.
Flexitank recommends flexible tanks for products sensitive to air exposure,
such as latex, and for long routes where the lower capital costs result in
Intermediate Bulk Containers (Tote Tanks)
IBC's are gaining enormous popularity in industrialized nations due to the
many benefits they offer over drums:
Flexitank is actively promoting a combination of intermodal tank transportation
and localized IBC's to replace drum distribution in the off-shore markets.
Through it's local agencies, Flexitank would deploy a number of IBC's in the
country, which could be rotated between warehouse and receiving consumer or,
be permanently positioned at the latter (to be refilled by a roving tanker).
Flexitank has long and short lived IBC's, depending on the initial investment
justified, which range in capacity from 220 gallons/833 liters (4 drums) to
550 gallons/2,082 liters (10 drums). Even highly hazardous materials could
be handled in IBC's. They could be purchased, leased or operated on behalf
of the customer.
The conversion from drums to intermodal tanks is often impaired by the lack
of bulk storage facilities at the receiving end. Whether temporarily or permanently,
Flexitank may be of assistance with flexible or rigid tanks which could rapidly
provide the needed storage capacity.
Marine Bulk Parcel Transportation / Distribution Management
Large volume products (>2,000 metric tons/year) to a single international
destination usually move through marine bulk. This system requires bulk liquid
shore terminals at the export and import locations, and a vessel equipped with
tanks and pumps to transport the marine part of the process. The terminals
can use multiple tank trucks or rail tanks to manage moderate parcels; larger
normally require shore storage tanks to avoid expensive vessel demurrage.
Many shore terminals are within bonded areas, where a product may be stored
without paying import duties to the host country for a period of time. This
could be an ideal distribution channel.
Customers have local inventories without the investment usually associated with
them. They gradually "nationalize" the product as needed. Given the
extremely high interest rates in Latin America and Caribbean countries vs. North
the in-bond program could become a strategic marketing tool. Suppliers
avoid the need to establish a local company and its corresponding overhead and
Flexitank, Inc. can manage the entire
and contracting the export terminal
Contracting the import terminal
Supervising an in-bond distribution program.
Flexitank uses terminals which have been previously evaluated by the company
safety and compliance with environmentally sound practices.
Transmodal Product Transfer Stations
preservation of product integrity is always a focal concern in transfer
Product transfer stations are operated to reduced inland transportation costs
and /or to maximize payloads in intermodals tanks.
Rail tanks could be an ideal method to reach export locations when:
The product source
location is relatively far from the port location (greater than 800 Km.)
Product volumes are
in the range of 80 MT per month or per move.
The rail system is
The above conditions will generally favor the rail tank option over sending
the intermodal tank to the product source or using tank trucks to deliver the
product to the port area.
When over-the-road weight restrictions are more severe at the source or intermediate
locations than the export jurisdiction, product transfers close to the port
can help reduce the overall unit freight cost.
In conjunction with Westway Terminals,
Flexitank can provide product transfer services from rail tanks or tank trucks
to intermodal tanks at the following U.S. locations:
Pt. Allen (Baton
All transfer stations are operated in strict compliance with all jurisdictional
regulations. In addition transfer services may be subcontracted
Puerto Cabello (Venezuela), Cartagena (Colombia) and other locations.
The preservation of product integrity is always a focal concern in transfer
operations. The Westway/Flexitank process scope can go to great lengths in
addressing this issue to the customer's satisfaction. Even large volumes of
food-grade products are being handled this way.
Online Shipment Tracking
Flexitank offers an easy to use Internet tracking system that allows you to
get the latest information about your shipments. The information available through this service is updated daily. Please,
contact your sales representative for more information.