TankContainers mark a new first for Innofreight
Austria-based rail-freight logistics solutions developers Innofreight Solutions GmbH (Innofreight) has revealed that 2020 will see the first delivery of TankContainers for the rail transportation of saline water. Each TankContainer can hold about 62 000 liters of liquid and will be used by the independent mineral product supplier K+S Minerals and Agriculture GmbH in Germany.
The announcement marks a new development for Innofreight. In Central Europe and Sweden, the company is something of a household name amongst the forest industry majors for its innovative rail-freight solutions for the transport of pulpwood, sawlogs, and woodchips. The latter is also and thus far uniquely being deployed at biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plants serving the greater Stockholm area.
Central to the development has been the carriages, dubbed Innowaggons, which carry the various “Tainer” types that are available in three lengths and the three railway gauges used on mainland Europe with approval for the Iberian gauge anticipated later this year.
And while the company has developed solutions for other heavy industries such as iron and steel and building materials, the common denominator thus far has been on dry or solid bulk. Although Innofreight has developed a SlurryTainer for carrying suspended calcium carbonate used in the paper industry, the project with K+S Minerals and Agriculture was the start for the company to focus on developing solutions for the transportation of liquids and develop new innovations within this area.
In addition to its TankContainers, the company has developed an AcidTainer for the transport of different acids with the first AcidTainers to be delivered to Finland.