Bitumen Delivery & Packaging
As bitumen is highly viscous its packaging is very important.
6mm Steel drums are the most common packaging due to safety and consistent quality. The sizes vary depending on volume, height, thickness, and lid type.
A jumbo bag is a large flexible multi-layer bag which is called bitu-plast, bitu-bag, polybag and poly cube. With high resistance and lower costs, these are one of the best types of bitumen packaging available today. Using drums you must heat the bitumen to discharge the bitumen, whereas with jumbo bags all you need to do is tear off the outer layer of the bag and throw the rest of the bag in to the molten furnace.
For convenient transport, heated bitumen tanks are built into standard shipping container frames so they can be transported by trucks and loaded onto cargo ships. These Bitucontainers have heating systems built-in so bitumen can be heated for loading and unloading.
Bulk delivery trade requires dedicated bitumen trucks to pick up the cargo from the refinery, deliver it to a dedicated tanker ship, and then at the destination another bitumen truck will pick up the cargo and deliver it to the construction site. This type of delivery option is cheaper due to bulk capacity, shorter loading times and exchange fluctuations.
As bulk bitumen emits a large amount of carbon during its heating process, some countries like Australia prevent the import of bitumen in steel drums as they believe that the residue of bitumen in drums causes excessive pollution. A problem not associated with multi-layer jumbo bags, which are an environmentally friendly solutions as the inner layer is totally consumable and the outer layer is recyclable.