Overview of ReturnHauler

ReturnHauler™ has application for transport operators located on routes where their bulk liquid tankers can be operated with improved revenues and margins by making the fullest use of ´return loads´ of dry freight where presently the return leg is being operated as an ´empty leg´ and is a cost for them.

A ReturnHauler™ operated by South Harbour of Cape Town, South Africa loaded with diesel

A ReturnHauler™ operated by South Harbour of Cape Town, South Africa loaded with 1-ton bags of salt under the raised (and empty) tanks. The empty tanks effectively make up only 7% of the GCM (gross combination mass) with 38 % of the GCM in the remainder of the vehicle’s tare mass – being the truck and trailer - and with 55% of the GCM in the ‘payload’ – under the red tarpaulins.

There are routes out there of course where bulk liquid road tankers can do matching return loads of bulk liquid. These bulk liquid loads can be done sometimes in the case of fuel loads without washing out the tanker. With chemical and food-grade products it is often necessary to wash out the tanker. But finding matching bulk liquid loads is generally not that common and these are limited to certain routes only.

ReturnHauler™ is there for operators where routes do not yield a matching bulk liquid load but where dry freight loads are available – and these are typically found in abundance with certain mining activities where diesel or other chemicals are required and where mining products and by-products can be shipped out as return loads.

Copper cathode plates packs weighing 2.8 tons each awaiting loading on ReturnHauler™ at Nchanga
Copper Mine, Luanshya, Zambia. The copper cathode plate packs are destined for the port of Dar es Salaam approx.
1 830 km to the east of the mine.