The Benefits of Flexi Bag’s
- The value of the 2 to 5% of unrecoverable product in each bag, can be less than the saving compared to the cost of transporting the same product in a tank container.
- Few if any end customers or end consumers check if the flexi bags are genuinely recycled allowing many bags, with their possibly toxic or polluting residue, to be sent for land fill or incinerated.
- The self-classification of many products such as Fatty Acids (which include palm oil) means they can avoid the costly implication of being classified as a Marine Pollutant (IMO Class 9). This is especially important for when the bag ruptures and there are product spills.
- The typical specific gravity (SG) of products carried in flexi bags, combined with tare weights and even pushing the capacity of what a box container can hopefully withstand (it does normally work out) mean that the filling from the bottom of the box container only goes part way up the container, so that “sloshing” can be a problem. But only if you want to move the container.
Watch the video below and consider if this was on the road, cornering or having to emergency stop instead of being on a railway. A stationary truck, post breaking, can easily be slosh” pushed over the stop line and cause an accident. At time stamp 5:25 the impact is only 9.6 km/h. At time stamp 10:45 it’s a 12.2 km/h impact.
This is why at M&S Logistics we do not use or advocate the use of Flexi Bags. Even for non hazardous and non polluting products, the risks and associated costs are unacceptable.
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