Logistics and Packaging

One fully integrated global logistics management


Future Petroleum B.V. delivers fully integrated logistics solutions of all kinds to businesses like yours all around the world. We have the unique capability of managing solid, liquid and gas transportation, door-to-door, anywhere on earth. Our global presence, industry knowledge and experience to support for your operations go much further than just a “regular supplier”.

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20′ FT and 40′ FT container

An intermodal container, often called a shipping container, is a large standardized shipping container, designed and built for intermodal freight transport, meaning these containers can be used across different modes of transport – from ship to rail to truck – without unloading and reloading their cargo. Intermodal containers are primarily used to store and transport materials and products efficiently and securely in the global containerized intermodal freight transport system, but smaller numbers are in regional use as well. These containers are known under a number of names, such as simply container, cargo or freight container, ISO container, shipping, sea or ocean container, sea van or (Conex) box, container van, sea can or c can.

Container capacity is often expressed in twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU, or sometimes teu). A twenty-foot equivalent unit is a measure of containerized cargo capacity equal to one standard 20-foot (6.1 m) long container. This is an approximate measure, wherein the height of the box is not considered. For example, the 9 ft 6 in (2.9 m) tall high-cube, as well as 4-foot-3-inch half-height (1.3 m) 20-foot (6.1 m) containers are equally counted as one TEU. Similarly, extra long 45 ft (13.72 m) containers are commonly designated as two TEU, no different than standard 40 feet (12.19 m) long units. Two TEU are equivalent to one forty-foot equivalent unit (FEU).

ISO tank (17,500 – 27,000L)

A tank container or tanktainer is an intermodal container for the transport of liquids, gases and powders as bulk cargo.

A tank container is a vessel of stainless steel surrounded by an insulation and protective layer of usually polyurethane and aluminum. The vessel is in the middle of a steel frame. The frame is made according to ISO standards and is 19.8556 feet (6.05 meters) long, 7.874 feet (2.40 meters) wide and 7.874 feet (2.40 meters) or 8.374 feet (2.55 meters) high. The contents of the tank range from 17,500 to 26,000 liters (3,800 to 5,700 imp gal; 4,600 to 6,900 U.S. gal).

Flexi-tank (16,000 – 26,000L)

Flexi-bags (also called flexi-tanks) offer an alternative to ISO tank containers for shipping oils, juices, wines, food-grade liquids and nonhazardous chemicals across the globe. Flexi bags are usually loaded into 20′ food-grade, ISO containers for maritime transport. Sizes range from 16,000 to 26,000 litres. For transport in the US, the materials used in the production of flexi-bags have to meet the US Food and Drug Administration, EU food-grade or German BAG standards. The idea is to isolate the liquid being transported from ambient air to avoid oxidation.

Depending on the product many ISO tank container operators argue that Flexi Bags can be more costly and less environmentally sound. This is generally the case for higher value products and/or environmentally dangerous products, because the transport protection offered by a Flexi-bag is less and the level of product that is left in the flexi-bag (2 to 5%) is higher than the amount left in a tank container.

IBC container (1,000L)

Intermediate bulk containers (also known as IBC tote, IBC tank, IBC, or pallet tank) are reusable, multi-use industrial-grade containers engineered for the mass handling, transport, and storage of liquids, semi-solids, pastes, or solids.

Rigid intermediate bulk containers are stackable, reusable, versatile containers with an integrated pallet base mount that provides forklift and/or pallet jack maneuverability. These containers can be made from metal, plastic, or a composite construction of the two materials. Rigid IBC design types are manufactured across a volume range that is in between that of standard shipping drums and intermodal tank containers, hence the title “intermediate“ bulk container.
• 1 IBC = 1 pallet

Drums (200 – 250L)

A drum is a cylindricalcontainer used for shipping bulk cargo. Drums can be made of steel, dense paperboard (commonly called a fiber drum), or plastics, and are generally used for the transportation and storage of liquids and powders. Drums are often certified for shipment of dangerous goods. Shipped goods must be matched with the make of drum necessary to comply with applicable regulations. Drums are also called barrels in common usage.

The barrels are typically made of steel with a ribbed outer wall to improve rigidity and for rolling. The lids can be welded or secured with a head gasket and bolt ring. They are commonly used for transporting oils, fuels, chemicals, and dry goods. The construction and performance of drums used for shipment of hazardous materials are governed by UN, country, and carrier regulations.

Custom packaging and private label

Are you interested in custom packaging and/or private label solutions? That’s possible, our team can provide you with other options that are not mentioned above. We think along.