Poor / Negative Characteristic
Ideal / Best
(Bitumen Vessel – Terminal – Tanker)
|Used & New Drums||BITUMENA’s Bags|
|Shipping Method||Special Bitumen Vessels – Heated Cargo||Standard Shipping Containers 18mt/Container||Standard Shipping Container 20mt/container|
|Limited availability, cyclical supply||Excellent||Excellent|
|Shipping Cost||Expensive, freights vary with demand, difficult to budget for long term projects.||Affordable||Affordable|
|Storage||Extremely capital intensive in bulk terminals, high operating costs, major overheads||Standard Warehouses or directly on site||Standard Warehouses or directly on site|
|Handling||Bulk road tankers to deliver directly on site.
Expensive but swift.
|Forklifts, 5-6 drums/mt.
Used Drums can leak. New drums if mishandled may break as well.^CDamaged drums that do not break will become difficult to decant.
|3.5t Fork lifts can handle 2 x 1mt bags at a time. All bags double slinged and self-stabilizing. Can go straight from container to Melter in one move. Highly efficient handling.|
|Ground Transport||Expensive Bitumen Tankers – cargo continuously heated.||Standard trailers, can visit remote locations in smaller flat beds as well.
Cheap and affordable.
|Standard trailers, can visit remote locations in smaller flat beds as well.
Cheap and affordable.
|Wastage||Certain revolving %age will always remain in the vessel, terminal tank and road tanker. A direct loss.||3-5% is always left in the drum and is wasted.||Inner lining is completely consumable. 100% of transported cargo is consumed. 0 wastage.|
|Decanting / Melting||Product is always in liquid state, easy and immediate decanting.||Each drum has to be cut open (often manually). This is an arduous and inefficient task. Messy and often product is left behind in the drum.||Simple. Outer bag is cut away and the inner lining and cargo is melted in one go. 0 wastage.|
|Environmental Impact||Large carbon footprint for entire supply chain as energy is used to keep the cargo heated throughout.||Very Poor as a steel drum has to be produced for just 160 – 180kg of bitumen. A 1000mt project results in 6000+ empty drums to be disposed of. The used drums will have bitumen residue that will inevitably pollute the ground and storage/scrap||Inner lining is 100% consumable and outer lining is 100% recyclable. Minimal footprint.|
|Other Points||Expensive, large carbon footprint and huge capital needs to be invested into a distribution chain that should be obsolete by now.||Old drums could cross contaminate the bitumen.
New Drums are expensive.
|Triple layered technology and an outer woven polypropylene bag ensures chance of leakage is negated.
Bitumen Bagged in bags is guaranteed for up to 2 years!