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Author: Rowan van Tonder

All you need to know about the basic of B-train trailers

In the road transport or trucking industry, a Btrain, Super B, trains etc depending on what part of the country you are in consists of two trailers linked together by a fifth wheel, and are up to 26 m (85 ft) long.

The B train trailer can be a 62 000 liter Petroleum unit with/ 6-compartment Lead and Rear Trailer ‘B’ combination, a 2950 Cubic feet dry bulk unit, 11,500 USG Chemical trailer, 21,000 uswg LPG Super B-train, or a flatbed combination.

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These combinations are used sometimes by LTL carriers, where the axles of the lead trailer slide from underneath the lead trailer so it can back into a door just like a regular trailer. Food companies and Petroleum companies use this type of trailer as well to extend their distribution network. A set of two can be pulled, usually overnight, to a city within 500 miles of the distribution center. Then, the trailers are broken up and are taken by two fresh drivers for deliveries to restaurants and their other customers. Petroleum companies can deliver multiple types of fuel and do one stop replenishments with their equipment.

The B –Train combination is also very popular for hauling flatbed, bulk and liquid goods in Canada and some US states. Because these types of operations usually don’t require backing up into a dock, drivers will generally only drive forward, making it easier. However, most drivers that pull these on a regular basis can back them up fairly well, even into a dock or around a corner. The 8 axle, 63,500 kg B Train is a standard across Canada.

Source: Transcourt 2017

What is the capacity of tankers pulled by a truck?

A tanker is a motor vehicle designed to carry a number of things including liquefied loads, dry bulk cargo or gases on roads.

The largest vehicles are similar to railroad tank cars which are intended to carry liquefied loads. Many variants exist due to the wide variety of liquids that can be transported. Tankers can be insulated or non-insulated; pressurized or non-pressurized; and designed for single or multiple loads. The sizes and axle configurations are determined by the commodities hauled, we see multiple applications ranging from Tandem, Tridem, Quad Quint and B train options, 6 and 8 axles options are also seen being utilized in the US especially in Michigan but we see many more configurations in the Continental US. Tankers are almost always created with internal divisions in their tank or contain multiple compartments to prevent load movement destabilizing the vehicle.

A tank truck is distinguished by its shape, usually a cylindrical tank upon the vehicle laying horizontally. Some less visible differences between tank trucks have to do with their intended use: compliance with human food regulations, refrigeration capability, acid resistance, pressurization capability and more.

The industry standard for tanker trucks hauling all these types of commodities is very hard to peg down, as products are measured in barrels, cubes, cubic feet, tons, US gallons, Litres and Imperial gallons.

However, when we look at State and Provincial regulations each have unique and limited characteristics to the available capacity that each commodity/product can be hauled, In Canada there are 2 standards that are accepted nationwide, that is the tandem and B train configs. Please visit the website at transcourt.com/white-papers to see our guide to weights and axle configs.

Source: Transcourt, 2017

Zafety Lug Lock prevents wheel loss and saves lives

Canadian company Zafety Lug Lock has been selling millions of its wheel nut management system around the world. Developed by TafCan Consulting Limited, a Toronto area based enterprise owned by inventor Taffy Davis, who has a patent for the product. Made of special engineered plastic, the Zafety Lug Locks were developed to address the conditions in high temperature environments created by frequent stop and go vehicles. These include public transportation vehicles such as city buses; refuse trucks as well as any truck that circulate on roads all over the world.

The engineered plastic if formulated to withstand continuous operating temperature of -40 degrees Centigrade (-40°F) to +100°C (+212°F) with transient temperature spikes up to +120°C (248°F), giving it a total temperature range of 140°C (252°F). With this live saving invention, Taffy Davis was awarded Canada’s most prestigious innovation in 2013, the Ernest C. Manning Innovation Award. Since 1982, the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation has been creating a culture of innovation in Canada by discovering, celebrating and rewarding Canadian innovators of all ages. We tell the stories of Canadian innovators who are improving the lives of Canadians and others around the world through their commercialized innovations.

The Zafety Lug Locks prevent wheel-off accidents by securing adjacent lug nuts to each other. The Safety Lug Locks are easy to install on two lug nuts at a time and they have enough strength and elastic retention to keep the nuts in place under conditions like the centrifugal force that they can resist on heavy duty commercial tires going high speed on the road. The result of three years of development, the main characteristics of the Safety Lug Locks is how they reduce the vibrations that lead nuts to loosen in time.

The only product of its type that has been put through a full range of recognized tests, the Zafety Lug Lock strips have been certified to resist different chemical products to which they are exposed such as de-icers, liquid calcium chloride, windshield washer alcohols, radiator liquids, hydraulic and transmission fluids, gasoline, iron oxide, diesel, ethanol and lock tight. Working with a stereolithography manufacturer and an industrial designer, Taffy Davis spend over six months mixing products to reach the desired retention and flexural strength before fabricating the molds to produce the prototypes.

Some 18 different engineering resins where tested as well as various mixes of these resins to find the ideal plastic for the strips. Resins from three different producers go into the final product because none of them could, on their own, supply the chosen formulation with all inherent properties. Each of the raw materials has a history of special application in the automotive industry. “The final result is two products that should have a life expectancy of about 10 years under normal conditions”, explains Taffy Davis.

Zafety Lug Locks can be installed on any type of truck wheel to improve safety and reduce the risk of nuts loosening or falling off. The possibility of wheel-off accidents, wheel-end damage and loose lug nuts is minimized. The strips provide a clear visual status of the lug nuts at the time of inspection. The strips fit snuggly over two adjacent nuts on the wheel to secure them together. The Zafety Lug Locks are made to be installer after the nuts have been properly torque and the nuts can be re-torqued or checked without removing the strips.

The idea for the product came to Taffy Davis as he was watching a police show on television and saw a cop pout the handcuffs on a suspect. The strips do look like miniature handcuffs… They are ideal for refuse and recycling trucks up to military and utility vehicles as well as snow removal equipment and highway trucks. Zafety Lug Locks can also be installed on buses. The product has already been sold in Canada, the United-States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Israel and elsewhere around the world. The strips are available in various widths depending on the wheel size and multiple sizes for the nuts and various colors. The Zafety Lug Locks cost less than $20 per axle which means about $100 to secure all the wheels on a truck. It is important to remember that a loss wheel can cause important damage and even kill someone, so Zafety Lug Locks also save lives.

How will marijuana legalization impact your insurance?

MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Lynne Cook discussed the legalization of marijuana will have significant impacts on the insurance and transportation industry they have to extend coverage offerings and anticipate the risks involved in dealing with impairment claims.

Currently, the government of Canada proposed that come July 1, marijuana users could grow up to four marijuana plants in their own home. Cook said that because of legalization, gone will be the days where insurance won’t cover your home if you have grow operations.

As far as transportation goes, Cook says that Northbridge still believes impaired is impaired and trusts the statistics that show marijuana causes a slowed reaction time, blurred vision, and drowsiness, all risk factors while operating a vehicle.

Currently, Canada has not outlined a minimum impairment limit on the amount of THC one can consume, though it is expected to follow the baseline rolled out by states which have legalized marijuana for recreational use. Currently, Montana, Colorado, and Washington all have a limit of 5 nanograms per microliter of blood for personal vehicles. The U.S. DOT, however, has banned the use of marijuana by commercial drivers.

“And that’s not a bad standard to go by,” Cook said stating she thinks the same rule could be applied to Canadian truck drivers. “The DOT is taking a zero tolerance, because regardless of the level of impairment, what they are recognizing is the risky behavior that comes along with this. It’s their stance if drugs are being used, they will end up in the workplace.”

Source: https://www.trucknews.com/transportation/marijuana-legalization-mean-insurance-coverage/1003080867/

Transcourt Tank Leasing strengthens team in Western Canada

PRESS RELEASE

Oakville, ON , September 21st, 2015

Transcourt Tank Leasing is pleased to announce the appointment of Kevin Quick, to the role of Vice-President of Business Development for Western Canada (British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan).

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Mr. Quick is based in Edmonton and has spent his entire career in the transportation industry. Prior to joining Transcourt he held the position of National Account Director with a major North American bulk carrier.

“Kevin’s experience and industry knowledge, as well as his proximity to our client base will definitely enable us to provide a higher level of service to our customers in the west” says Transcourt’s President, Bruce Daccord.

About Transcourt

Transcourt Tank Leasing was founded in 1997, to meet the leasing and long- term rental needs of the liquid and dry bulk transport industry. Transcourt’s large fleet of tankers is available to customers across Canada and USA, with a wide selection of tank trailer configurations available to a variety of unique industry segments.

Transcourt is committed to providing customers with the best equipment, and with leasing solutions to help them meet their business objectives.

INFORMATION:

Source:           Vianna Murday
                        Transcourt Tank Leasing
                        905-338-5744
                       vmurday@transcourt.com

Fun for everyone at Transcourt’s Calgary gathering

PRESS RELEASE

Toronto, July 14th, 2015

Transcourt Tank Leasing has made a habit of taking advantage of the world famous Calgary Stampede to host a Customer Appreciation Event. This activity is organized for customers from not only Calgary, but throughout Alberta and elsewhere in Western Canada. Transcourt customers in attendance at the Calgary Stampede, were invited to saddle up and mosey on over to the Customer Appreciation Event this past July 6th.

The event started off with a BBQ Cookout at the frontier Pavilion. The outstanding meal was followed by a trip to the Grandstand and the GMC Rangeland Derby, the premier chuckwagon races at the Stampede. The evening ended with the world famous TransAlta Grandstand Show. All the customers in attendance had a great time and Transcourt was more than happy to thank them for their support in such a fashion.

“It is our way of letting our customers know that we truly appreciate their business and it is a good way to get to know them better and build solid relationships, which isn’t always easy in a conventional business format”, explained Bruce Daccord, President of Transcourt.

Transcourt Tank Leasing was founded in 1997, specifically to meet the leasing and long-term rental needs of the liquid and dry bulk transport industry. Transcourt’s large fleet of tankers is available to customers across Canada. A wide selection of tank trailer configurations is available to a variety of unique industry segments and includes stainless and aluminum tankers, propane btrains and tridems, crude oil and condensate tankers as well as dry bulk trailers.
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Chuckwagon races or horse-drawn carriage races like this one are not your typical evening event and this is why Transcourt chose the Stampede on July 6th for a Customer Appreciation Event.
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Bob and Sterling Hancik, of Bamss Contracting as well as Allen and Arlene Frandrick, of Allen’s Transport all had an enjoyable time at the Transcourt Customer Appreciation Event at the Calgary Stampede.
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Such an event is conducive to some interesting discussions that can take a business relation to a new level.
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On this festive picture, we recognize Bruce Daccord and Robert Pahanich, of Transcourt, Gerald & Sandy Pearson, of RBS Bulk, Bob Hancik, of Bamss Contracting, Danny Tieulie and Candace Hills, of Cen-Alta, Allison Daccord and Phil Troyer, of Troyer Ventures.

Source: Vianna Murday
Transcourt Tank Leasing
905-338-5744
vmurday@transcourt.com

Transcourt shines at Moncton’s Atlantic Truck Show

PRESS RELEASE

Toronto, June 10th, 2015

After showcasing at ExpoCam in Montreal last April and at the Peace Region Petroleum Show in Grande Prairie, Alberta in May Transcourt Tank Leasing, the Canadian leader in leasing and long-term rental of liquid and dry bulk tank trailers, continued on its cross-Canada trek on June 5 and 6 with a stop at the Atlantic Truck show in Moncton, New Brunswick. The show which is held every second year and is both customer and trade oriented, welcomed some 12,660 visitors over the two days, a new record.

Transcourt has been setting the standard in tank trailer leasing since 1997 and offers a large fleet of high quality tankers in various configurations including new and used stainless steel chemical trailers, aluminum crude oil and petroleum tankers, pneumatic dry bulkers as well as propane/LPG units. In order to be able to answer all customer requests, Transcourt acquires new tankers on a regular basis from the industry’s leading manufacturers.

“Transcourt’s responsive sales and service team focuses on growth within the existing liquid and dry bulk segment while continuing to provide personalized and customized service to customers. Our belief in providing added value at every customer touch point has helped us cement long- term client relationships over the years”, says Tony Jelicic, Leasing Manager for Eastern Canada

A socially responsible corporation, Transcourt supports some half a dozen charitable organizations and responded positively to the Charity Silent Auction organized by APTA (Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association) at Casino New Brunswick on June 5th, 2015, to raise funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

About Transcourt Tank Leasing

Transcourt Tank Leasing was founded in 1997, specifically to meet the leasing and long-term rental needs of the liquid and dry bulk transport industry. Transcourt’s large fleet of tankers is available to customers across Canada. A wide selection of tank trailer configurations is available to a variety of unique industry segments and includes stainless and aluminum tankers, propane btrains and tridems, crude oil and condensate tankers as well as dry bulk trailers. www.transcourt.com

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The Transcourt table at the special Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation fundraiser that was held on June 5th at Casino New Brunswick and organized by the APTA.

 

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Tony Jelicic, Leasing Manager for Eastern Canada; Charles El Ogeil, from Bédard Tankers and Delon Rashid, from Truck and Trailer Magazine are seen here in the Transcourt booth in Moncton.

Source:           Vianna Murday
                        Transcourt Tank Leasing
                        905-338-5744
                       vmurday@transcourt.com

Transcourt at the Peace Region Petroleum Show

PRESS RELEASE

Toronto, May 21st, 2015

Transcourt Tank Leasing, the Canadian leader in leasing and long-term rental of liquid and dry bulk tank trailers, exhibited at the Peace Region Petroleum Show on May 13 and 14 in Grande Prairie, Alberta. Though the petroleum industry is experiencing a significant downturn, Transcourt wanted to increase its profile and presence in the marketplace. In 2013, as it aimed to strengthen its share of the market out West, Transcourt opened an office in Calgary.

This past April, Transcourt was also present at ExpoCam 2015 in Montreal where it was announced that the Toronto-based company was opening an office in Montreal. “The West has always been one of our main markets in Canada. Business has slowed down, there is no denying the fact, but it will eventually pick up”, stated Joe Quaresma, Vice-President of Leasing for Western Canada. “Delivering value at every touch point is the key to our efforts to further develop this market. Working together with our customers and providing them with creative leasing solutions to meet their business objectives is one of our main goals.”

Transcourt’s responsive sales and service team focuses on continuing growth within the existing liquid and dry bulk segment while expanding into new tanker markets. Transcourt offers a large fleet of high quality tankers in various configurations including new and used stainless steel chemical trailers, aluminum crude oil and petroleum tankers, pneumatic dry bulkers as well as propane/LPG units. New tankers are being acquired monthly from the industry’s leading manufacturers and equipment coming in off lease or rental is also readily available.

About Transcourt Tank Leasing

Transcourt Tank Leasing was founded in 1997, specifically to meet the leasing and long-term rental needs of the liquid and dry bulk transport industry. Transcourt’s large fleet of tankers is available to customers across Canada. A wide selection of tank trailer configurations is available to a variety of unique industry segments and includes stainless and aluminum tankers, propane btrains and tridems, crude oil and condensate tankers as well as dry bulk trailers.

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Joe Quaresma (left), Vice-President of Leasing for Western Canada, is seen here with Sheldon Larson (center), of Cen-Alta, a Transcourt customer out West and another participant at the Peace Region Petroleum Show.

Source:           Vianna Murday
                        Transcourt Tank Leasing
                        905-338-5744
                       vmurday@transcourt.com

Easy to Get, but Hard to Find

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High U.S. exchange rates coupled with stratospheric demand are keeping trailers on the leased side of the ledger.

An article posted in Today’s Trucking, June issue:
BY JIM PARK

The day my ship came in I was at the airport. How many times have you heard that one from a trucker? When it comes to the acquisition and procurement of trailers, a look back over the past seven or eight years tells a similar story.

Today’s trailer market, especially dry van and refrigerated trailers, is as tight as it has been in recent memory. During the last half of 2014, many fleets came to the conclusion the recovery from the 2008 recession had finally taken hold and the economy was moving forward with some certainty. Consequently, they started getting serious about ordering trailers; not just to replace aging equipment, but new stuff with which to grab a share of the burgeoning demand for freight service.

By the end of the year and on into the first quarter of 2015, trailer builders’ order boards jammed up. Now nearly every build slot is taken for the near term, which basically means for the remainder of this year. It’s a good time to be in the dry van or reefer business. It’s not such a good time to be in the market for new equipment.

Across the country, the supply of and demand for trailers varies, as do market conditions. We are a nation of regions,
after all.

“Ontario and Quebec are more reliant on the retail sectors and are very strong in the dry van market,” says Mississauga, Ont.-based Anne McKee, executive vice president of Trailer Wizards. “Once you get into Atlantic Canada you deal a lot more in reefers, especially now as the fish-
ery and vegetable seasons start to heat up.

“As you know the price of oil has taken a bit of a dive, so in the prairie region where we had very strong demand for decks and specialty equipment—especially in the northern part of the prairie region—we are seeing a real slow down,” she says. “Other parts of the prairie region are strong right now because of agriculture.  The British Columbia market is very strong, I mean the port situation is always
the wild card in the mix, but it remains strong as well.”

While overall demand for equipment remains on the strong side, the weakening dollar has crimped our appetite for buying. So much so that many fleets are now turning to leasing to mitigate the effects of the exchange rate.

“Our dollar is low compared to the American dollar, and that is impacting trailer purchases,” McKee points out. “Also, the large fleets in the U.S. have taken up almost all of the dry van build spaces right out to January [2016]. Almost every manufacturer is booked until at least September or October for reefer builds. That combined with the dollar issue makes for an expensive trailer and that means more people are turning to renting and leasing.”

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Lease vs Purchase

Canadian dealers and their customers had it good for a while when the two currencies were at or close to par. But the fly in the ointment then was the credit crisis. The only customers the banks would touch were those that were already flush. Anyone considered even the slightest risk was pretty well out of luck. Credit crisis notwithstanding, the economy was in the tank then and fleets were only buying to replace aging equipment. There was much new gear coming into circulation.

Now that the economy is firing on all cylinders, we have the exchange rate to contend with again. The 20% premium can add $5,000 or more to the price of a trailer.

“A reefer trailer that used to cost $60K is now $65K or $70K Canadian so there is a bit of a difference,” says Joe Ricci, director of origination, Maxium Financial Services. “Business isn’t really suffering because of it, it’s only another $100 a month or so on a five-year deal.”

Still, the differential can put additional load on the cash flow. Leasing can work for customers seeking to hang on to their cash for other purposes. The tax load on a purchase is high at the beginning, whereas with a lease, the tax payments are spread out over the term of the lease. And leasing is a nice way to go when you’re worried about the maintenance side of things.

“The technician shortage is impacting fleets all over the country,” says McKee. “A full maintenance lease is a good option for fleets that don’t have their own shop facilities or can’t find good technicians. There are a number of reasons for going to full service, but I would say at least 95% of our customers are doing it that way.”

That’s another way to stabilize costs and cash flow. The full-service lease cost will be higher, but it’s also predictable. McKee says it’s in her company’s best interest to keep the equipment well maintained so that it retains its value for resale at the end of the lease.

Leasing is also a great way to get over humps in the business model, like during surges in volume, or when a customer makes a specific request you can’t easily accommodate. This isn’t often an issue in vans and reefers, but when you get into speciality equipment like tank trailers it’s a different story.

Because of their high capital cost, you don’t flip tank trailers around like vans. Often the trailer is customized to the commodity. So, companies like Transcourt Tank Leasing can fill the gap on a short term basis, making available equipment that might take months to order or providing equipment on a short term basis to help manage peak periods.

“Some fleets prefer to lease out right, it just depends on the business model,” says Transcourt’s co-founder and president, Bruce Daccord. “Leasing helps keep the costs stable and they still make money on the spread between the payment and the revenue as opposed to treating the equipment as an asset.”

On the purchase side companies like Bibby Financial Services can tailor loans for smaller customers who have the revenue but might be struggling with cash flow. Mary Ann Hudson, executive vice president of Bibby Financial, says the company specializes in customizing the loans to suit the customer’s situation.

“Terms could be anywhere from 90 days to 6 months,” she says. “We work out all kinds of exceptions based on their cash flow. Of course we don’t ever want to put them in a situation where they can’t pay it back in a reasonable amount of time, but we also want them to pay it off where it doesn’t hurt their cash flow.”

While it’s great to have financial alternatives for equipment procurement, it would be nice to have some equipment to procure. Analysts say it will take most of 2015 to get the order backlogs behind us. Even with the current strength of the economy, fleets won’t continue investing in additional capacity of it means once again flooding the market. They have now tasted the fruits of a tight freight market, and many would be happier if it stayed that way. It seems today money is easier to get than equipment.

Transcourt is reinforcing its presence in Québec

Toronto, April 24th, 1025 – Transcourt Tank Leasing, the Canadian leader in leasing and long-term rental of liquid and dry bulk tank trailers, is presently expanding its activities in the North-American market. This expansion includes efforts to reinforce its presence in Québec as was the case when Transcourt took part in the recent ExpoCam 2015 that was held in Montreal on April 16, 17 and 18, 2015. Last year, as it pushed its market expansion westward, Transcourt opened an office in Calgary. The development of the Québec market is supported by the establishment of a new office in Montreal’s Anjou borough.

“This new office will enable us to cater and better serve our French-speaking clientele and answer the needs of the Québec market whether on a short or long term basis”, explained Bruce Daccord, President and co-founder of Transcourt Tank Leasing. “With our vast fleet that includes a large variety of tank trailers we are certainly well equipped to deliver flexible and customized service anywhere in Canada.”

Within the past three years alone, Transcourt has doubled its business as the tank trailer fleet has grown by more than 30% per year for the past two years to meet the constantly increasing demand. Transcourt certainly isn’t a conventional trailer rental company as it strives to offer business solutions encompassing operational and financial aspects to suit the specific needs of each client, no matter how big or how small the project is.

“Our main goal is to provide a wide variety of equipment from coast to coast and become the supplier of choice when carriers and bulk shippers are looking for a tanker to add to their operations, continued Bruce Daccord.

About Transcourt

Transcourt Tank Leasing was founded in 1997, specifically to meet the leasing and long-term rental needs of the liquid and dry bulk transport industry. Transcourt’s large fleet of tankers is available to customers across Canada. A wide selection of tank trailer configurations is available to a variety of unique industry segments and includes stainless and aluminum tankers, propane btrains and tridems, crude oil and condensate tankers as well as dry bulk trailers.

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Bruce Daccord and John Campbell co-founders of Transcourt Tank Leasing
Bruce Daccord and John Campbell co-founders of Transcourt Tank Leasing

Source:Vianna Murday
Transcourt Tank Leasing
905-338-5744
vmurday@transcourt.com