Since its inception in 1946, the JOT Group has continued building on its history of transporting fuel oils such as gasoline, diesel, and kerosene in railroad tank cars. In addition, we began developing our truck transport operations along with rail transport early on in order to achieve more mobility in our shipping.
Moving forward, we will continue to carry out our mission of supporting industries and livelihoods by making the best use of both rail transport and truck transport, while at the same time putting safety first and considering our environmental impact.
In addition to truck transport, which we began in 1948 soon after being established, we also undertake the management and operation of fuel terminals. As the “face of our customers” while driving on the road, we make “Safety First” our highest priority when performing our duties. Not only do we install safety equipment on the vehicles we use, but we also carry out thorough maintenance on vehicles within the JOT Group and conduct model driver training in areas such as driving etiquette as well as life-saving knowledge that will allow our drivers to take the initiative in rescue operations after an accident.
When considering the transport of cargo, rail transport can be seen to be much better for the environment than other transportation systems. Displaying the carbon dioxide emission levels (g-CO2/ton-kilometer) for each freight transportation system reveals rail transport to be 25, compared with 41 for ships, 205 for commercial freight vehicles, and 854 for private freight vehicles.
Although truck transport is an indispensable part of modern-day oil transport, incorporating rail transport effectively can make transportation that takes our environment into account possible.
Faster, cheaper, and higher volume. In response to the needs of fuel oil transport, JOT has been working hard at developing and acquiring tank cars. We have been promoting increases in capacity and speed ever since the 35-ton tank car was developed jointly with the then-Japanese National Railways in 1966. Because the 75 km/h maximum speed of the tank cars at that time had become a barrier to improving speeds, in 1993 the Taki 1000 debuted as a new high-speed freight tank car. Capable of carrying 45 tons of freight at a top speed of 95 km/h, the Taki 1000 still plays an active role as the main tank car in fleets.
Maintaining the lifeline in the Great East Japan Earthquake ~Fuel to disaster areas~
In order to maintain the lifeline for the Tohoku region, which experienced a severe fuel shortage following the Great East Japan Earthquake, we provided rail transport starting one week after the incident from the Kanto area to Morioka by way of Akita and Aomori. We also operated temporary oil trains as far as Koriyama by way of Niigata. At the same time, we conducted aid transport via tanker trucks from the Niigata and Akita regions toward the Pacific coast of the Tohoku area.
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