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The Basics of Chemical Tanks

Offshore portable tanks, also known as chemical tanks, are made for large-capacity chemical storage. Holding gases, liquids, hazardous and non-hazardous materials, these chemical tanks are designed to withstand long-term storage, as well as long voyages via ocean vessels or cargo planes.

Regardless of which chemical tanks will best suit your needs, always ensure that they are built to the highest regulations and standards: the DNV 2.7-1 for offshore containers, and the EN 12079 offshore containers for design, construction, testing, and inspection marking. In the case of chemical tanks, the additional standards of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code must also be met.

BSL Basics
BSL offers three different sizes of portable chemical tanks, suitable for transporting and storing any kind of gas or liquid, and, of course, manufactured and tested to the highest standards as mentioned above. The tanks are 300-gallon, 500-gallon, and 4000-liter (approximately 1,057 gallons). Choosing which chemical tanks will be best for your needs will depend on how much of any given chemical will be transported, the variety of chemicals to be shipped, and the classification of materials to be moved.

For example, if you have 600 gallons of non-potable water to transport, and another 600 gallons of a chemical processor to be moved, you will likely be best off with four of the 300-gallon chemical tanks. Naturally, the chemical processor cannot be combined with the water, as this could cause the processor to break down, and the water may be for another application entirely -- so the best use of available space would be in the 300-gallon tanks. However, if you are regularly transporting thousands of gallons of all the same commodity at a time, then ordering the 4000-liter tanks would be the most appropriate.

Before ordering, take a solid inventory of your goods and the requirements to ship them. Always keep in mind that potable materials (for human and animal consumption) cannot and should never be transported mixed with non-potable materials.

Another important consideration for choosing chemical tanks is payload. Payload is defined as the maximum weight a container can carry safely. Obviously, chemicals have different weights, and some gases and liquids are heavier than others, depending on density and mass. The tanks that BSL offers can carry maximum payloads of 750 kg, 3,440 kg, and 7,600 kg (for the 300-gallon, 500-gallon, and 4000-liter tanks, respectively).

No matter what size chemical tanks you choose, remember to always keep them separate (e.g., never mix foodstuffs with chemical products), and choose the sizes that will best fit your transport and storage needs. For more information, and to receive quotes and place orders, please visit our contact page.


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