Below you can find the review of Mr. Leslie McCune from Tankcontainer Magazine on the TankContainer:

Iris Murdoch once said: ‘A bad book review is even less important than whether it is raining in Patagonia’. Our view is that a good review may make us want to go on holiday to Patagonia so what do we make of the recently-published ‘The TankContainer 2016’, the latest addition to the very limited canon of reference books on tank containers?

The book updates the original 2011 edition and is authored by Loek Maagdenberg, who has over 40 years over experience in the ports, Dangerous Goods (DG) and transport sectors. According to Maagdenberg: ‘The book contains easy-to- read information and visuals for users of tank containers and provides practical, technical, chemical and safety knowledge. It gives an update on the latest developments and changes in technology, working methods, the IMDG Code and the European legal transport systems for road (ADR), rail (RID) and inland waterways (ADN)’. It addresses both the IMDG Code and the ICAO-TI (International Civil Aviation Organization-Technical Instructions), which cover the safe transport of goods by air.

The target group is claimed to be those using or repairing tank containers on a daily basis. The book is designed to be used as reference book, a study book or a user manual for DG training courses and – in the work place – by shippers, logistics transporters, 3PLs, forwarding agents and NVOCC (Non-Vessel Operating Common Carriers). The update is timely, given the many changes to European and global regulations in the intervening years since first being published. Although Maagdenberg admits the book ‘might not be complete’, it answers many everyday questions, such as:
• How are tank containers correctly filled and discharged?
• Which tank container types should be used for which product?
• What is a 2½ and 5-yearly periodic inspection?
• Why and when have coated tank containers to be used?
• What types are linings are there?
• How can tank container shell pitting be safely repaired?
• How can damaged tank containers be repaired?
• What are the effects of corrosive cargoes on the tank container shell?
• What danger does static electricity pose?
• Is polymerization dangerous in tank containers?
There is a useful glossary and photographs and graphics are helpfully used throughout to illustrate technical points. Understandably, many of the examples are drawn from various operations in the Netherlands, although these obviously fall within the purview of European and global regulations. Europe’s 510 cleaning depots could, for example, usefully have a copy on their shelves.

The book would greatly benefit from a more rigorous editing process and, although more focused on technical issues, could usefully include a section summarizing the current global tank container fleet and market dynamics. As a minimum, the International Tank Container Organization’s authoritative and well-researched tank container fleet data could be included. Readers understand that this is out of date as soon as it is published but it would nevertheless provide useful additional context. That said, the book is a worthy addition to the surprisingly small library of publications focused exclusively on tank containers.

For Mr Maagdenberg, it is time to pack his bags for a well-earned holiday in Patagonia!




“Nearly 200 pages long, The Tankcontainer is a useful addition to the admittedly rather slim bibliography on the subject. It will prove an economical way of introducing new personnel to the business and also as a handy vademecum for those who already know (or think they do) all about tank containers”