Koole has 12 barges ranging from 750 to 3,650 tonnes for inland shipping. The entire inland shipping fleet has a total capacity of 21,000 tonnes. The ships travel the rivers and canals of the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.
Most of Koole’s vessels are self-built. The company’s engineers take the hulls and install the tanks, engine rooms, controls, loading and unloading machines, cargo heating, tank washing systems and all the other facilities required. Everything is specifically designed for the transport of oils, fats and derivatives. Koole has always used steel and stainless steel for constructing tanks and instruments to ensure higher standards of hygiene, more efficient cleaning and increased product quality. The tanks are fitted with hot water heating.
The tanks are cleaned on the way back from every delivery so that they are available immediately when they reach the next loading port. The high pumping capacity (300 – 600 m3/hour) and design of the tanks ensure fast loading and unloading of cargo. The crews work according to a schedule of one week on, one week off. This means Koole can guarantee availability 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All vessels are equipped with the latest navigation, communication and computer systems.