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Bitumen Tanker

Bitumen required for road projects is largely imported into India mainly in Drums in a solid state. The other means of import is through specially built Ship tankers carrying bitumen in a liquid form. Liquid Bitumen is unloaded at destination port through pipelines connected to tank farms within the Port area. Not all Ports has such facility. The advantage of receiving Bitumen in liquid form is that it saves time and cost of re-heating the product at the designated construction site. The bitumen in liquid form can be transported in an insulated and heated Truck Tankers from the Tank Farm to the Construction site after customs clearance. RK Roadlines customer had an urgent requirement to deliver the Bitumen at Navi Mumbai. However, import through Drum was not possible due to the time constraint and non-availability of Bitumen Tank Farm near Mumbai where the Vessel can call to deliver.

Was Our Solution Best?

RK Roadlines team came out with a unique solution to use JN Port as the destination port to unload the liquid bitumen from the Ship Tanker. In order to do so, they had to take permission at the port to allow the Ship Tanker to berth. Also unloading of infrastructure was arranged to ensure quick and round-the- clock support to discharge the bitumen while ensuring that there was no spillage on the Jetty and the Port, which is one of the crucial and mandatory requirement of the Port. The Logistics challenge was to feed the Ship Tanker round-the-clock Truck Tanker to ensure that there is no idle time of the ship and the port. This is while completing Customs Clearance well within time so that unloading permission is granted on arrival of Ship Tanker and Truck Tankers are immediately out of the Port directly to the construction site..

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Was Our Solution Best?

The complete operation of loading more than 1000 MT of bitumen onto 65 Truck Tankers in a row was done within 24 Hrs, a record feat by RK Roadlines team. All safety compliance was adhered and the operation was completed with no accidents / incidents.