November/December 2016 Flexitanks & Bulk Liners BULKDISTRIBUTOR COA Code of Practice – No tilt needed V5 launched H T he new Version (V5) of the COA Flexitank Code of Practice for a single use flexitank system has been published by the Container Owners Association (COA). It is available in English and Chinese language. The earlier version, PAS1008:2014, has undergone extensive review. Acknowledgement is given to Andrew Sangster (Braid) and Sergio Parenzee (Trans Ocean) of the COA Flexitanks division, as the technical authors, and the other organisations that were involved as members of the steering group. As a result of the review, the standard is reissued as PAS 1008:2016. The Code of Practice, for a single use flexitank system, forms part of the COA shipping line (carrier) risk assessment process. The Code, V5 includes amendments to include reference to the newly published standard PAS 1008:2016. There are also some editorial changes. It requires flexitank manufacturers to comply with the Code and ensure a safe and reliable flexitank system. Compliance with the Code requires that each manufacturer undergo four quality management audits for each type of flexitank manufactured. The four audits are: • ISO 9001 quality management • Installation, operating and training instruction manual • Material test • Rail impact test. Audits for ISO 9001, Installation/training and material tests are valid for three years, the rail impact test five years. Material tests and rail impact tests are completed to PAS 1008:2016. To allow for a transition period to repeat any existing test not completed in accordance with PAS 1008:2016, the existing test will remain valid until December 2017 except where there is a variation in design as defined by PAS 1008:2016. In the rail impact test, use of constraining equipment (internal side and end wall reinforcement bars) not permitted for the purpose of the test. There are controls, such as recorded mass of the flexitank and restraining bulkhead, and use of 30,480kg rated container. Rail impact tests are required to be carried out at a COA nominated test centre. There are currently four test centres: TüV Süd Rail (Görlitz, Germany), TCCI/AAR (Pueblo, Colorado, USA), BJTU (Beijing China) and CRCC (Beijing China). The two test centres in China are newly appointed. As with both previously appointed test centres in Germany and the USA, a COA representative will attend the initial tests. Members arranging a rail impact test should contact the COA technical secretary to arrange for an association representative attendance. The attendance fee will form part of the test cost. Material tests and rail impact tests are carried out to the provisions of the code, Specification for the performance testing of a single use flexitank. PAS 1008:2016 is available from http://shop.bsigroup.com ouston-based Bulk-Flow has recently developed a liner capable of discharging its bulk contents without the need for tilting the container. The firm says the liner is most suitable for those hard-to-flow solids with high angle of repose which tend to compact during unloading. Bulk-Flow claims it is an ideal solution for locations without tilting capacity on 40ft and 45ft and 53ft containers. Meanwhile, the high demand for container bags and big bags in Europe has led the company to expand operations in the region. Oswaldo Mino, Bulk-Flow’s executive director, said: “The recently installed plant in Barcelona has allowed us to decrease delivery times to companies that are beginning to use this bulk load method with our bags. Having a production plant closer to the consumer has opened the doors for us in the European market and, in barely 18 months, we have exceeded our sales expectations. We are convinced that the technical support and assessment in bulk Bulk-Flow says the liner is most suitable for hard-toflow solids which tend to compact during unloading 17 loading and unloading systems for containers has also contributed to Bulk-Flow’s rapid entry into the market.” The facilities in Barcelona include offices for the commercial, logistics and technical departments, along with a production plant that is already working at full capacity, and a development centre for new products. The needs of European clients are handled at this location where new technologies and raw materials are tested to facilitate transport processes for various products. For instance, there is the recent development of a 45ft container bag without adhesive belts. It has been proven that although these have high performance, they are also difficult to remove and later impair the transport of merchandise that is loaded on wooden pallets because the adhesive tape sticks to the pallet and, in many cases, breaks them. Bulk-Flow’s technical team was contacted by a client and developed a bag capable of fulfilling the same function in record time and without adhesive tapes.