Industrial minerals are natural state, or minimally processed, geological materials mined for their commercial value, and not for fuel or as a source for metals. These particular minerals are often used as construction aggregate, used in filtration, and used in the manufacturing of paints, electronics, detergents, glass, paper, and plastic. Some of the most commonly transported industrial materials include frac sand, silica sand, glass/foundry sand, pumice, gypsum, ground feldspar, diatomite, and lime.
Depending on the amount of risk the business owner wants to take, these materials may be transported by ship, barge, rail, or truck fleets. Rail and ship are unmatched when it comes to hauling huge amounts over long distances; however truck fleets hold several advantages.
Many of the world’s industrial minerals don’t come from huge mining operations. Instead, minerals such as talc, fluorspar, barite, magnesite, and bauxite come from individual mining operations scattered around an area. This is where trucking comes in, because dry bulk trailers are easy to load and unload and can be operated by very small crews. This makes it convenient and more economical to truck these materials from their individual mining operations to mills and traders before being driven to a bulk holding facility where they can be shipped off to their destinations.
Trucking is the best choice when it comes to handling smaller hauls and shorter distances. Contract carriers negotiate confidential rates based off the competitive environment. So even though trucking will never be as inexpensive as barges and boats, the rate includes the added convenience of flexibility and coverage.
If there is need to transport industrial minerals long distance over land, the common rail solution may still have limitation that a dry bulk carrier can fill. This is one of the main advantages to trucking shipments. Rails, barges and ships can only follow a single fixed path, for obvious reasons, but a truck can travel anywhere around the country with unlimited year-round transportation availability. The trucking industry can deliver right from the port or warehouse directly to the customer and are able to handle variable load sizes and infrequent shipment schedules when needed.
The challenge for many mineral producers is finding the right series of transportation options, which is economical for them and for the market. Here at CCC Transportation, we are dedicated to providing our customers with safe, cost-effective transportation solutions for all of their bulk industrial minerals. Our years of experience in the industry combined with our massive fleet of hauling vehicles can ensure you receive the most ideal trucking options available. If you would like to know more about dry bulk hauling or what our business could do for you, feel free to contact us.