The fleet transports a plethora of things on a daily basis. From small objects to large and hazardous things, everything is on the roll in a fleet industry.
It is of utmost importance to fleet managers to keep track of everything and provide a safe and risk-free system to carry different types of goods.
As with changing times and the coming of technology and creativity into fleet business, carrying goods is becoming safer, faster, and risk-free. There are many problems attached to carrying different types of goods through the fleet.
Fleets can undergo thefts, accidents, and many other hazards while on the run. One of the most dangerous and hazardous goods that fleets carry are Oil and Gas. The transportation of gas and oil takes place in many phases from reserves to industrial areas and to other supply houses.
The fleets carrying oil and gas are at higher risks as a slight mistake or accident can cause a lot of damage due to the inflammatory nature of these fuels.
In this article, we will try to understand the challenges faced by fleet industries that carry oil and gas over their fleets.
What are the modes of transportation for Oil and Gas?
There are many ways through which oil and gas can be transported. For large fuel transport across borders and continents, many large fleet houses use ships and big water containers to transport these fuels.
In the case of nationwide transportation of oil and gas or for interstate transportation fleet trucks are used. According to a report, more than 7 lakhs of fleets carrying oil and gas moved in the year 2020 in India and the number will keep increasing with time.
Transportation through trains is another option for carrying out oil and gas transportation but it involves a lot of costs.
Transportation through train is beneficial in case of large amounts of oil and gas for a long journey otherwise it is ineffective and very costly.
One of the most trusted and efficient ways of transporting oil and gas is through fleet trucks. Fleet trucks come in handy in transportation to different places and can easily transport preferred volumes of oil and gas.
There are many challenges attached to the transportation of oil and gas through fleet trucks.
Challenges faced by Oil and Gas Transportation fleet
One of the major challenges for carrying out transportation of oil and gas and other fuels, fleet industries need to have proper infrastructure. It is extremely important to create systems and processes that eliminate risks of any kind of spillage, leaking, and accidents on the road.
It is important to keep all efficient tools inside the fleets to reduce the risk of major losses in case of any mishappening.
The fleet industry must tie up with motels and other eateries throughout the large highways so that drivers and fleet can take rest over the journey and eat well. It is important to plan routes beforehand, one of the major reasons for accidents and other accidents is uneven and bad roads.
Selecting a route that is smooth and even, having motels in between is extremely important for safe transportation of oil and gas.
Fleet houses must own tankers that are efficient to carry these fuels such as oil, gas, petroleum, and other vulnerable things. Regular fleet trucks cannot be used for the transportation of these substances.
Extremely delicate things like oil and gases are transported through tankers and fleet industries need to invest a good amount of money to purchase good quality tankers. As many industries check the quality of tankers before booking fleet houses.
Another challenge faced by fleet transport is road accidents and collisions with other vehicles on the road.
Highways have a large number of vehicles and each day there are reports of collisions on the road. These accidents can cause a lot of damage to the fleet and may even cause a blast in case of a hard collision in the tanker.
Transportation of oil and gas carries very high potential risks and can cause a lot of damage to life and property in case of an accident. Fleet trucks carrying oil and gas are not only a hazard to fleet owners but can also cause a lot of damage to neighboring people near the area of the accident.
A blast can cause damage to several nearby people and a gas leakage can be harmful to the health of many people. Fleet owners and managers need to be extra careful to assign skilled drivers to reduce the risk of accidents and other dangerous incidents on the road.
Fleet trucks that are assigned to the task of carrying oil are at extra risk of serious damages even after unloading the oil due to wet lines. The oil trucks are filled from the bottom of the truck and the oil gets stuck to the truck surface even after unloading the oil.
It is very difficult to extract this residual oil from the fleet trucks and this residual of oil is called wet lines. The wet lines are a major threat to fleet trucks.
Another challenge is that fleet trucks follow the same ways of carrying oil and gas for many years. There is little innovation in the area of oil and gas transportation.
Fleet owners are left helpless to carry out transportation with such heavy risks involved in the process. They do not have any option or higher technologies that can reduce the risks to make sure easy and affordable transportation of oil and gas.
It is a constant pressure that fleet owners feel in the transportation of such goods.
Summing it up
Fleet trucks can carry different types of goods from time to time. Fuels such as gases and oils are one of the most challenging goods that fleet trucks transport.
The transportation of oil and gases comes with many challenges such as infrastructure, high investment, dangers of accidents, and damages to life and property.
Fleet houses need to be extra secure and should take all measures to maintain the safety of fleets. A well maintained and secured fleet having skilled and trained drivers is of utmost importance to carry goods such as oil and gas.