By thoroughly cleaning the tank after each load and putting it under CO2 pressure, no oxygen is left behind and the container can be used in the beer sector, for instance, for the first period. After that, other food products can be transported in the tank container, then fats and oils, and eventually the cycle stops after a few years in the chemical industry.
The use of the Mega-Inliner means that the cycle runs differently, according to Jaap de Jong, Director of Business Development Central Europe at Mega-Inliner:
The synthetic bag in the container ensures the tank remains virgin after each load. This allows you to use the container, for instance, to transport beer from the Netherlands to Asia and return with latex. This would be unthinkable in the current system. You don't have to deal with previous load restrictions and you can eliminate the entire bookkeeping with associated costs regarding previous loads
The inliners are for single use, while they also offer a buy and lease back construction for the current fleet of tank containers in the market.
However, the main advantages of the Mega-Inliner are the reduction of restrictions because of previous loads and the saving of the trip to and from a cleaning station after each load.
The origin of Mega-Inliner comes from a previous company of CEO Sidon van Laarhoven, where a synthetic bag was being used for tank beer installations in the catering industry. Namely, in 2006, Anheuser-Busch InBev challenged to develop an alternative solution to the continental shipping of bulk beer and the intercontinental transport of bottles, cans and kegs of beer.
We had to wait for the right film for 25,000 litre bags to fit into 20 ft containers, so that we could transport up to 2.5 times more per TEU. When that film was launched on the market in 2016, Mega-Inliner was born
Mr. De Jong said.
The patented inliner is placed in the container like a seventeen-kilo rolled up toothpaste tube and unrolls itself when the tank container is filled. The bag protects against environmental influences and cuts the risk of food contamination.
The Mega-Inliner can be used for all liquid, non-dangerous goods. By increasing the capacity utilisation per container, the system not only reduces CO2 emissions, but is also cost effective.