One of the Columbia Fuels B-trains tops the summit of Malahat Drive, which climbs over rugged mountainous terrain and through imposing temperate rain forest north of Victoria BC, Canada. The largest petroleum marketer on Vancouver Island, Columbia Fuels serves 30,000 customers across the island with a 36-truck fleet. Most of the tractors in the fleet are Western Stars.
Single-axle DuraStar tankwagons predominate in the Columbia Fuels residential delivery operation. Typical cargo tank capacity is 10,000 liters (2,600 gallons).
Columbia Fuels' 1.25-million-liter (330,200-gallon) bulkplant near Victoria handles the full range of fuels marketed by the company. Smaller storage tanks are strategically positioned across the island.
A two-lane loading rack is part of the bulkplant and can transfer fuel at a rate of 1,000 liters (264 gallons) per minute. The recently upgraded loading rack has injection blending capabilities.
Mounted on tankwagon open decks are Liquid Controls meters and single reels for delivery hose with EBW nozzles.
All of the trucks and tractors in the
Columbia Fuels fleet are specified
with Blackmer product pumps.
Dixon Bayco bottom-loading adapters are specified on most of the tank trailers and truck-mounted tanks.
Truck loading is controlled by
Toptech Systems' MultiLoad II
consoles with TMS 6000 software.
Loading rack hardware includes OPW loading arms and bottom-loading couplers, Liquid Controls positive displacement meters, Scully's grounding system, and Wilcox product hoses.
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