Liquid Bulk

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Liquid bulk transportation is a complicated process that requires specialized drivers, equipment and a thorough understanding of compliance and safety systems.

A liquid bulk tanker truck on the road Challenges in Liquid Bulk Trucking

The very nature of liquid makes it difficult to transport, requiring liquid bulk transport companies to hire especially skilled drivers prepared to deal with the challenges it can present. 

Called “surge,” when a truck is in motion, the liquid contained in the tank is free to slosh around. This movement can create momentum which throws off the balance of the truck. For instance, when stopping, the liquid can move back and forth causing the truck to shake. Surge requires drivers to often go even slower around turns or down steep inclines.

Density is also a problem liquid bulk drivers face. Liquids can have drastically different densities, and trucks with a full tank can exceed the weight limits set by the Federal Highway Administration. An experienced carrier is prepared for this and can plan to ensure the trip is safe and legal.

Outage is another thing tanker truck drivers have to keep in mind. When tanks heat up, many liquids can expand, called outage, requiring careful planning from dispatchers.

A liquid bulk trucker stands in front of his tankerSpecialized Equipment in Bulk Chemical transportation

Cabs are often the only thing that remain the same when comparing a tanker truck to a dry bulk truck. The cab typically sits on a single axle with two to three other axles in the trailer portion in order to distribute the tank evenly. The tank size can vary from anywhere 5,500 to 9,000 gallons. The tanks are required to display a diamond sign indicating if the cargo is dangerous.

Several different industrial products can be contained in the tanks of tanker trucks. Not only are these materials sometimes hazardous to transport on their own, they can interact dangerously when they make contact with other substances. That’s why it’s important for drivers to strictly adhere to the specialized handling and equipment maintenance. Avoiding contamination is vital to preventing the cargo from harming people, the property itself and the environment.

HAZMAT Transportation

A large quantity of liquid bulk is considered HAZMAT.

HAZMAT, a shorter term referring to hazardous material, are physical, chemical or biological substances that can cause harm to either the environment or people. HAZMAT can include liquids, solids, fumes dust or vapors. However, it’s worth noting that just because a substance qualifies as HAZMAT doesn’t mean it’s bad. For instance, hospitals require sterilizing solutions to keep facilities clean so that patients don’t get sick.

The transportation of HAZMAT requires extreme care as to keep the substance contained for the safety of everyone and everything involved in the transport. Truckers wear special suits and tanks are treated specially to ensure no direct or cross contamination occurs.

National, state and local regulations control how HAZMAT must be handled. Good HAZMAT transportation companies have a team of experienced dispatchers and drivers to ensure regulations are followed properly.

Neutralizing Agent Transportation

Waste stream neutralization is a critical component in many chemical manufacturing processes. Several industries rely on the transportation of liquid neutralizing agents in order to get waste byproducts into a state in which they can be disposed of properly.

Much of neutralization revolves around changing the pH of the substance. Bases are used to reduce the acidity and acids are used to increase the acidity as needed to keep a substance from being too extreme.

Common neutralizing acids:

  • Sulfuric Acid
  • Hydrochloric Acid
  • Phosphoric Acid

Common neutralizing bases:

  • Caustic Soda
  • Calcium Hydroxide

Selecting the Right Liquid Bulk Carrier

While moving and storing liquids in bulk means significant savings for businesses, liquid chemical transportation takes constant vigilance in order to be safe and efficient. Selecting the right liquid bulk carrier can make a serious impact on the stability of your supply chain.

Things to look for in a liquid bulk trucking company:

  • Capacity to meet your needs
  • Specialization in liquid rather than general cargo
  • A clean safety record

Exceptional Service

At CTL Transportation, our solid work ethic, first-rate equipment and commitment to safety makes us the ideal choice for liquid bulk transport.

What we haul:

  • Local and regional liquid bulk freight
  • Neutralizing agents
  • Corrosive liquid chemicals
  • Flammable liquid chemicals

What we don’t haul:

  • Hazardous waste
  • Food-grade products
  • Gas, oil or oil-byproducts

Our sophisticated Qualcomm Satellite, McLeod dispatching and EDI billing capabilities ensure a timely, error-free pickup and delivery, flawless communication and accurate billing.

With an exceptional customer service team ready to answer your questions any step of the way, you’ll know your cargo is in good hands.

Two liquid bulk truckers walk away from a tankerTruck Capacity You Can Count On

In an industry with rising capacity concerns, our dedication to providing trustworthy capacity relief is what sets us apart and places us a cut above our competitors.

Our Servicing Area:


  • Short Haul
  • Long Haul
  • Cross Country

We are committed to to recruiting, hiring and retaining the most competent drivers in the business to deliver capacity when you need it most.

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