This thread has really piqued my interest. I, also, would like to ask a few questions about this industry:
1) What's the difference between cryogenic loads and those that go into simpler high-pressure trailers, like log, ammonia, etc? Is it just that some gases require different storage and handling?
2) Does cryo have both OTR and local work? I've seen mostly day cabs.
3) Does a single load usually go to multiple delivery points? Are these stops scheduled as appointments or is a driver given a list and expected to finish the list on his shift?
4) Are trucks assigned? Slip seating?
I guess that's enough for now.
Maybe we need a cryo subforum!
Cryo companies after all the mergers...who's good to work for?
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Cryo is actually liquid, very cold liquid.
Compressed and cooled air that is seperated.
The trailers are somewhat like a double thermos
The liquid is always warming and reverting back to it's natural state of a gas.
We have both type of rigs
Mostly daycab that slipseat but a couple sleeper bids who get home weekends
Trips are split probably 50/50 between 1 stop runs and multi stop multi trip runs and 3 or 4 times a month out far enough to layover at a hotel.
I may do 4 loads and never get but 5 miles from plant or I may go 300 miles for a half load then go 400 the next day to dump out and return empty.
We deliver 24/7/365. 24 hr access don't deal w anyone.
Dispatches come from NY and are booked a day in advance.Last edited: Mar 14, 2019 at 11:30 PM
I see Air Products advertising 70k/yr outside of California, whereas other cryo companies are claiming "up to 90k". Is there truly that big of a difference in pay between companies or are some under/over-promising?
Multiple stops depends on product and the users.
Used to dispatch cyro deliveries for liquid Carbonic and O2 was mostly 4 - 5 hospitals in the NYC metro area VRS N2 full loads going to the turkey plant in Brooklyn to freeze turkey ; 3 full loads a day august thru October, one a day thru Christmas and one a week for the rest of the year....
Arco did N2 to the plant that made burger patties for Burger King...raw patties in one end, hockey pucks dropping into boxes at the other end.
Of all the hazardous material that trucks transport, liquid ox, argon and nitrogen are the safest.
It is basically just liquid form of the elements we breath.
The only real hazard is the temperature, between 300 and 320 below zero, so proper protective equipment is used during loading and unloading as a splash on bare skin can lead to a burn just like fire. Most times if splashed on cotton clothing it dissipates quickly w/o problems.
And in the summertime you appreciate the cool air surrounding the trlr..lol
Some things about these gigs sound good—money, benefits, etc. However, I'm reading so much about ever changing schedules, lots of night work, multiple trucks per day, and all the micro management. Seems like it takes a certain type of person.
We bid annually
Typically the new guys get the shifts others don't want but start times are every half hour.
Rarely swap out truck unless one goes oos but sometimes you will switch products during your day, but I'm the type that says it all pays the same.
I been doing this for a while so I just let most of managements bla bla bla roll of my back..lol
Guess I'll put my two cents in this.
I've pulled a tank for over four years now. (Trucking for over eight years) I've hauled alot of products in that time.
From oil both raw and refined, chemicals, fuel, and now cryo. Cryo is hands down one of the safest to deal with. Its not messy, your not sucking down nasty vapors, it's not back breaking, and the customer base is almost endless.
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