Built to Western European standards, the tank cleaning station is a step forward on the African market for Van den Bosch. “A growing number of companies chooses to ship their liquids to Africa as bulk freight instead of small packaging,” said Paul van de Vorle, member of the company’s Team of Directors. “With the start of the tank cleaning station, we are able to link inbound and outbound cargo flows more easily and to support companies in making the switch to bulk transport. This will provide many advantages in terms of handling, heating and savings in packaging costs.”
The ability to have tank containers professionally cleaned in West Africa – an option that has not been available up until this point – opens up new options for shipping and transport companies, which should create a better balance between inbound and outbound cargo flows and reduces the number of empty transport movements.
The cleaning station is operated by MTG, which also owns the container depot in Tema where the cleaning station is located. Managing Director Bas de Vaal said: “We can now provide a full logistics concept to all importing and exporting companies of liquid bulk goods. Moreover, tank containers can also be used to transport liquid bulk goods to various landlocked countries, such as Burkina Faso and Niger.”