Services

Services

STC provides an unrivalled array of services supported by STC staff in 26 offices and 20 depots worldwide. To learn more about our services, please click on the links below.

Benefits of Tank Containers

A tank container is a sophisticated, safe, environmentally friendly and cost-effective mode of transporting and storing bulk liquids. Compared with drums, a tank container can be up to 40% lower in cost on a door-to-door shipment. 

Cost comparison - tank containers vs. drums  

 

Drums

Tank container

Capacity

   

Capacity in litres

205

25,000

Maximum filling percentage

98%

95%

Maximum filling capacity in litres

201

24,500

Density of product

0.95

0.95

Maximum filling capacity in kg

191

23,275

Number of drums in box container

78

-

Total capacity in litres

15,670

24,500

Cost per drum

$20.00

-

Total cost of drums

$1,560.00

-

 

 

 

Origin costs

 

 

Storage empty drums

$50.00

-

Loading of product

$250.00

-

Labelling

$150.00

$10.00

Storage laden drums

$50.00

-

Pallets

$75.00

-

Handling of drums

$100.00

-

Total

$675.00

$10.00

 

 

 

Transportation costs

 

 

Trucking to load

$250.00

$250.00

Seafreight pier to pier drums

$1,000.00

-

Tank container operating costs*

-

$2,650.00

Trucking to deliver

$300.00

$300.00

Total

$1,550.00

$3,200.00

 

 

 

Destination costs

 

 

Handling of drums

$100.00

-

Storage laden drums

$50.00

-

Discharge of product

$200.00

-

Storage empty drums

$50.00

-

Disposal drums

($150.00)

-

Heating

$0.00

$0.00

Total

$250.00

$100.00

 

 

  

Product loss 

 

 

Value of product per metric ton

$1,000.00

$1,000.00

Product loss

2%

0.1%

Costs of product loss

$313.40

$24.50

 

 

 

Total costs

$3,798.40

$3,234.50

 

 

 

Costs per litre

$0.24

$0.13

Costs per metric ton

$195.04

$138.97

*The tank container operating costs include tank rental, sea freight and cleaning costs

In addition to lower costs, a fair comparison of tank containers and drums must include volumetric efficiency, labor costs of handling drums, product-clingage loss, drum cleaning, resale revenue and disposal costs. Environmental considerations include a greater risk (and associated costs) of product spillage and leakage from drums and the environmental impact of empty drum disposal. Such comparisons demonstrate that tank containers are a more cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to ship bulk-liquid products.

Potable & Food Grade Liquids

Stolt Tank Containers operates the world’s largest dedicated fleet of food-grade tank fleet for the carriage of wines, spirits and other liquid foodstuffs, such as vegetable oils and fruit juices. STC is well positioned to handle this range of liquids through its worldwide network of offices and agents, together with the supporting infrastructure of its own depots. With competitive prices reflecting its global reach and scale, STC offers bulk-liquid foodstuff carriage to most destinations worldwide. STC offers a complete range of services, including a door-to-door service, dedicated tank operations for products such as chocolate and refrigerated cargoes, and the management of clients’ own tanks. 

Contact us for more information at [email protected]

Quality Lease Management (QLM)

What is QLM? STC offers a comprehensive management program for tank containers owned or leased by its customers. This QLM service includes: 

  • Management of door-to-door transportation (sea freight, trucking, etc.) 
  • Fleet tracking 
  • Technical support 
  • Insurance (STC takes responsibility for pursuing 3rd party claims) 
  • Tank M&R, including regular tank surveys between trips and notifications for testing 
  • Arrange cleaning requirements per customers’ standards 
  • Handling bills of lading and other documents 
  • Off-hire costs and arrangements at the end-of-the-lease contract 
  • One transportation partner with one invoice per door-to-door move 
  • One monthly invoice for tank rental 
  • Accurate budgeting — no hidden cost for tank demurrage 
  • Regular management reporting

The benefits of this service to STC’s QLM customers include: 

  • Reduced costs 
  • Increased asset utilisation 
  • Enables customers to focus on their core business

Support in every corner of the globe. STC's global footprint provides transportation and technical support in every corner of the globe. Customers benefit from STC's professional knowledge, experience and buying power with service suppliers. 

STC works directly with several industry leaders to provide our customers with dedicated tanks, including food-grade, standard chemical units, lined tanks, electrically heated tanks, DOT 51 tanks and specialized units for aggressive or high-purity products, compressed gases and cryogenic cargoes. 

The advantages of using dedicated tank containers include: 

  • Equipment is designed and built to meet a customer’s specific product and market needs, based on commercial considerations and on environmental preferences and standards
  • Elimination of the risk of product contamination from previous cargoes 
  • Enhanced tank availability 
  • One transportation partner who knows the customer’s business   

Contact us for more information at [email protected] 

Fleet Management

Stolt Tank Containers manages, operates and tracks customer-owned or leased-in tank containers by land and by sea worldwide. This service includes both fleet tracking and documentation. 

STC ensures its customer’s tanks are maintained to the highest industry standards, including preparations for mandatory 2½-year and 5-year testing.

STC’s Fleet Management service provides the following benefits to customers:

  • Customer’s own equipment is professionally managed by one transportation partner
  • Optimised utilisation and fleet control
  • Regular management reporting
  • Fleet tracking and tracing 
  • Technical support is available, including cleaning and repair 
  • Reduced transportation costs resulting from STC's global presence and purchasing power for third-party services (sea freight, trucking, rail, etc.) 
  • Managing claims
  • Use of STC depots and network enhances tank safety

Contact us for more information at [email protected] 

Specialty Chemicals

Stolt Tank Containers is recognised worldwide for its professional handling of difficult-to-handle speciality chemicals and liquids. STC provides a comprehensive range of standard tanks, lined tanks, baffle tanks, cryogenic tanks and small capacity units to meet the needs of the most demanding customers. STC, which is internationally certified to the ISO 9001:2008 standard, is proud of its outstanding safety and environmental record. The company’s main operations offices are rated by CDI-MPC and many of the depots are SQAS, ITCO and @TCO approved. 

Contact us for more information at [email protected].

Bitumen Services

Stolt Tank Containers operates and manages a fleet of over 400 bitutainers. The fleet primarily serves the needs of customers in the rapidly growing infrastructure sector in the Middle East, Africa, South East Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The fleet includes units ranging in size from 21,000 litres, which are ideal for small ports and rail transportation, up to units with a capacity of 27,000 litres. Bitutainers resemble corrugated GP boxes, but are equipped with a top manhole and bottom outlet. The bitutainers also have dual-burner heating tubes (using diesel fuel), enabling on-site heating and storage. STC’s bitutainers are ISO certified for sea, road and rail transportation. 

Contact us for more information at 
[email protected].

Full Service Depots

Stolt Tank Containers’ global network of 19 tank container depots and/or cleaning stations is strategically located in key markets worldwide. All of STC’s depots and cleaning stations comply with local government regulations, with health, safety and wastewater management as key priorities. Our expanding network of tank container depots and cleaning stations operates with local joint venture partners to provide “one-stop-shopping” services to its customers. These services include: 

  • Cleaning 
  • Statutory testing 
  • Maintenance and repair 
  • Tank heating 
  • Drumming 
  • Wastewater management 
  • Technical expertise and assistance 
  • Emergency response 
  • Inventory management

STC’s global network of depots and cleaning stations provides its customers with cost-effective and environmentally responsible services that meet their business needs. Customers that own their tanks can take advantage of STC’s cleaning, storage, refurbishing, testing, maintenance and repair services at any of the company’s state-of-the-art depots worldwide. 

Contact us for more information about our depots at [email protected] 

IT Connectivity

STC’s Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) programme enables customers and vendors to efficiently exchange information electronically with STC. EDI not only increases the speed, accuracy and transparency of data, but ultimately helps to drive down transaction costs. STC’s state-of-the-art systems give us the flexibility to send and receive data in multiple formats, simplifying the communication process for our customers. 

For more information about STC’s Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) programme, please contact us at [email protected]. 

Electronic Reporting & Supply Chain Data

STC’s real-time global tracking system enables us to pinpoint the location of any tank we operate or manage. The ability to locate available tanks quickly allows us to respond rapidly to customer’s transportation needs. In addition, customised reports can be generated by the system, providing customers with valuable insights into their supply-chain processes and operations. This actively managed system includes a wealth of information, such as data on fleet activity, cargo movements, and costs & quotations.

Customers, Partners and Agents

Our customers are: 

  • Multinational chemical manufacturers 
  • Specialty chemical manufacturers, consumers, traders and distributors 
  • Liquid food and beverage producers and consumers 
  • Lubricating oils producers and consumers 
  • Biofuels producers and consumers 
  • Automobile manufacturers
  • Freight forwarders, customs brokers 
  • Shippers desiring lower risk, more cost-effective transportation alternatives
  • Bulk-liquid producers operating their own captive fleets, wishing to focus on core production competencies while protecting supply-chain and product quality 

Our partners are: 

  • Global, regional and local container shipping companies, with whom we entrust more than 120,000 loaded transports per year 
  • The world's leading quality, service and safety-oriented railroad, barge and trucking companies 
  • Our 195 owned and operated purpose-built tank container cleaning and repair facilities 
  • More than 150 third-party owned and operated cleaning and repair facilities working to our uncompromising standards 
  • The industry's tank container leasing companies 
  • Surveyors, inspectors, freight forwarders and customs brokers 
  • Tank container manufacturers 
  • Valve and gasket manufacturers and suppliers 
  • International, national, state and regional regulatory authorities

Standard Terms & Conditions

Please click on the links below to access the following STC documents:

General Terms & Conditions
Purchase Order Terms & Conditions
Leasing Agreement 
Waybill Template