Special Reports

Energy Transport Insider’s Special Reports give you in-depth coverage of a single topic or trend. In one read you get the context you need to get ahead of your competition and make informed business decisions. It’s like attending a seminar without leaving your desk.

ETI's special reports are written by industry experts and our award-winning staff. We bring a deep base of experience and knowledge to each report. We highlight the news you need. More reports are in the works. Tell us about a topic you'd like to see covered.

Rail Car Bills Rising? Here are 11 tips to help save you money!

Published 08/03/2018

4 Tips to Cut Demurrage Bills 3 Tips to Cut Your Rail Car Repair Bills 4 Tips to Save Money Storing Your Tank Cars

What Makes a Tank Car a Scrap Candidate?

Published 11/29/2017

As new federal tank car regulations and Association of American Railroads (AAR) guidelines are put into play and car oversupply lingers, scrapping older tank cars that have not maxed their service life has growing appeal. Yet, when to pull the trigger depends on when it is most cost effective.

With Tank Cars Oversupplied, Owners Show Their Mettle with Scrapping Plans

Published 11/29/2017

Changing times call for creative solutions and rail car leasing companies burdened with thousands of unused rail cars desperately seek creativity. The solution may be more inelegant than slick – take them to the scrapper.

Calculating Rail-Car Fleet Needs: How to Build Your Own Model

Published 11/29/2017

There’s no straightforward formula to calculate rail car fleet needs. Every situation is unique, but, there are common issues to consider that can give a reasonable starting point for developing a rudimentary model.

Quarterly Reports

Quarterly reports are published in January, April, July, and October.

October 2017: LPG Tank Car Lease Rates Weak, Expected to Stay That Way in 2018

Published 10/10/2017

• Pressure tank car outlook: short-term bullish, long-term bearish • Winter season outlook uncertain • Propane exports remain strong. Will we have enough? Hello Alberta!

July 2017: Market Unsure How Mariner East 2 Opening Will Play Out

Published 10/06/2017

The long-anticipated opening of Energy Transfer Partners’ Mariner East 2 natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline linking the Marcellus and Utica Shale production region with its export terminal at Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania is expected to come this fall. The opening is likely to be the event of the season, if not the year.

April 2017: LPG Lease Rates Weak, Expected to Stay That Way in 2017

Published 04/10/2017

• Short-term lease rates bottom during warm winter • Tank car overhang keeps hangin’ on • Lower lease rates lead to search for creative ways to use cars • Propane export path uses rail to reach Mexico, Asia • Caution signals ahead: Uncertain U.S. trade policy, Mariner East 2 opening