Trucking freight and logistics
Road transport is Australia’s lifeline
Your vehicles are the workhorses of your freight and logistics business, so controlling the quality of the fuel you put in them can make a huge difference to your bottom line.
Getting your fuel storage and distribution systems right will help you keep costs down and maximise efficiency.
The cost of maintaining trucking fleets
The average big rig costs close to $200,000 a year to run, of which about two thirds is vehicle costs.
With the average diesel engine overhaul setting you back about $8000, preventative maintenance and keeping your fuel lines clean in your trucking fleet is critical.
Poorly managed diesel fuel is responsible for about 80 per cent of engine failures in the transport industry, and in a time critical environment these failures can cost a business much more than the price of engine repairs.
Diesel fuel contaminants can cause serious problems for your fleet and machinery, affecting engine components with issues like clogged intake valves, premature wear and tear on engine components, reduced air flow and reduced engine power and performance.
In a time-critical environment, that can have serious flow-on effects for on-time delivery and far-reaching effects for your business.
The best way to ensure a diesel engine’s premium performance is to ensure a clean and reliable fuel supply.
Need to know what fuel storage regulations apply to your state or territory within Australia? Refer to our statewide directory on Australian Fuel Storage Regulations. Rest assured, our tanks comply with all the requirements.
Common problems caused by poor fuel quality
New diesel engines are achieving ever better efficiency and performance, but it’s important to remember they also require better quality fuel.
Particulate contamination, water and diesel bugs are all common problems that affect fuel quality and cause critical issues for transport operators.
Diesel bugs grow best in the interface between water and fuel and can spread rapidly, spreading particulates in the fuel and generating corrosive by-products that can cause severe damage to tanks and engines.
Diesel destabilised by any of these factors will spoil quickly, and can cause problems including:
- Poor starting or failure to start
- Reduced availability
- Poor or rough idle, reducing efficiency
- Increased consumption
- Excessive smoke and emissions
If you’re in the transport industry, you’ll likely have a steady fuel turnover and your tanks will be filled regularly. It’s worth talking to an expert to determine what tank size will suit you best – don’t just go with what you’ve had in the past. Keeping your tanks at the optimum level will help minimise reactions with air and water.
Meeting environmental requirements
Poor quality fuel means excessive emissions, which is bad news as the freight and logistics industry faces ever tighter environmental requirements.
Fuel problems related to old or poorly maintained fuel storage tanks include:
- Water ingress: Old and rusted tanks, or poorly sealed tanks, can allow significant amounts of water into your fuel. Water can also get in if the tank design allows, for example, a build-up in the spill bucket that can rush in when the tank is opened for dipping.
- Corrosion: Corrosion in your tank can cause a number of problems. Corrosion in your tank means chemical reactions, and it’s likely to be a precursor to fuel spoilage through phase separation or to microbial growth.
Protecting your investment – keeping fuel safe
At FES, our industry experts have the knowledge to help you make the most of the fuel that keeps your business running, using the latest in storage and stabilising products and integrated fuel management systems.
Our solutions for the transport industry include:
- Water-finding paste to help you check fuel regularly and drain off water, keeping fuel stable and increasing storage life
- Biocide for diesel fuel to prevent the growth of diesel bugs and keep your fuel and your vehicles safe
- Fuel management systems to monitor storage levels, fuel usage and fuel efficiency
- A full range of fuel storage options including our unbeatable, fully-certified self-bunded ‘Design and Drop’ self-bunded fuel storage tanks designed for easy access and maintenance.
Supporting supply chain changes – flexible fuel storage solutions
Compatibility with a wide range of pumps and dispensers ensures a unique solution to suit your requirements.
Our tanks are designed to be transportable, meaning they can be relocated in response to changes in your supply chain or key freight transport routes. Because they are fully self-bunded there is no need for expensive site preparation works.
FES self-bunded fuel tanks:
- Meet all Australian Standards and legislative requirements. Our self-bunded tank options give you flexibility, save you money on installation costs and are fully relocatable.
- Are built from durable materials to minimise rust and corrosion.
- Are designed for easy inspection, safe and easy fuel testing and easy tank maintenance and cleaning.
- Come in sizes up to 110,000-litres to meet the needs of your business.
Talk to an expert today
Our industry experts have the knowledge to help you make the most of the fuel that keeps your trucking, freight and logistics business running, using the latest in storage and stabilising products and integrated fuel management systems.
Get in touch now to find out more about solutions to suit your business.