Truckload carrier Schneider National is beefing up its bulk division with the addition of fuel-hauling capabilities. The service stems from emergency fuel supply chain shipments Schneider managed for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) during recovery efforts after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast several years ago.

“Schneider hauled over 1.5 million gallons of diesel and provided drivers, supervision and dispatch services for the Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts,” said George Grossardt, vp & gm of Schneider National Bulk. “Within days we were able to put together a plan to fuel emergency vehicles and secure hard-to-find diesel storage containers. After a deeper look into this leg of the transportation sector, [we] realized this service … was the next natural extension in our current transportation offerings.”

Grossardt said Schneider will offer fuel-hauling services in the Gulf Coast region (stretching from New Orleans, LA to Houston, TX) and the upper Midwest, with plans to possibly expand its fuel-hauling capacity to the eastern portion of the U.S.