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This specialist course can only be delivered by the approved provider, the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) in Canberra

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April 2011


The CROIERG Committee met at the Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) Sutton Road, Canberra Training Complex on March 9th.

The minutes of this committee meeting are available to members in the Member’s Area of this website.

There were also site inspections of the TISC training areas for the Stage 2 Courses

Paul Harrison TISC, Greg Royston, Paul Serafin, Colin Broom, Gary Davoren and Paul Pulver at site inspection

Paul Harrison TISC, Greg Royston, Paul Serafin, Colin Broom, Gary Davoren and Paul Pulver at site inspection

Greg Royston, Paul Pulver, Brian Withers and Paul Harrison (TISC) at tanker

Greg Royston, Paul Pulver, Brian Withers and Paul Harrison (TISC) at tanker


The dates for the Stage 1 CROIERG Training Courses are:

  • April 4th, 5th, 6th
  • May 16th, 17, 18th
  • June 14th, 15th, 16th

TISC Training

TISC Training

The courses will again be conducted at the TISC (Transport Industries Skills Centre) Training Complex based on the Sutton Road, Canberra

The TISC complex is in the Australian Capital Territory and just over the NSW border from Queanbeyan on the Sutton Road

All enquiries should be directed to TISC

Telephone (02) 6297 7187


NBTA (National Bulk Tanker Association) Stage 1 Training Course Pilot Conducted in Canberra in March


The NBTA participated in a 3-day Pilot Course for the Stage 1 CROIERG Training Course on March 9th, 10, and 11that the TISC Sutton Road Training Complex

Participants were present from Cootes Transport Group, CHEMTRANS (Scott Corporation) McColl’s Transport, ISS 1st Response, FBT, TransWest and the NBTA executive

The Pilot Course was designed to demonstrate the relevant competencies and course material to the NBTA and also as a precursor to the Stage 2 Course, which the NBTA will be undertaking with and emphasis on other class dangerous goods in addition to Class 3 at a later stage.

STAGE 2 PILOT for PRACTICAL TRAINING COURSE Cutting hole in tanker and foam

The Stage 2 Pilot Course will be held at the TISC Training Complex on March 30th, 31stand April 1st.

The NBTA will provide the Stage 2 course attendees and CROIERG will provide the technical people to oversee the course evaluation, including the use of the specialised training aids, which will be provided by CROIERG.



Report from the SWDF (Safe Water Drinking Foundation) Canada

  • What is oil used for? And how much do we use?
  • What happens when oil spills?
  • How is oil pollution cleaned up? And more...

Each day, Canada uses more than 1.7 million barrels (270,278,400 litres) of oil.

Oil is used to fuel vehicles and heat buildings, as well as lubricate machinery and bicycles, and make plastic, medicine, ink, fertilizer, paint, varnish and electricity. Oil is used in many processes, but not all oil is the same.

Oil types can differ in:

  • viscosity (its resistance to flow; molasses is highly viscous)
  • volatility (how quickly it evaporates) and;
  • toxicity (how poisonous it is to humans and the environment)

These three characteristics are very important when oil spills are being cleaned up, because the characteristics can influence the method of clean-up that will be used.

Download this informative report [PDF].


One mile evacuation zone mentioned in transport debate

Here is a news report with a difference for the information of members who like to keep up-to-date with developing trends in

Liquids Transportation. Note the number of trucks and the quantities forecast to be moved each week!! Ed

March 19, 2011 –Savannah, Georgia USA

A legislative measure calling for a study committee about trucking large quantities of LNG through Savannah falls far short of what’s needed, said Kent Harrington, co-founder of Citizens for a Safe Secure Savannah.

"A ‘committee’ to discuss truck routing in monthly meetings clearly serves the company’s issue to ‘kick this can down the road’ rather than address vital concerns," Harrington said. "It does nothing to advance public safety or support the citizens who will face the risks such trucking will pose."

Rep. Craig Gordon (D-Savannah) introduced the resolution Wednesday that if passed would produce monthly meetings of city, state, and LNG officials along with citizen activists to discuss routing options, the number of trucks and time-of-day restrictions on a proposal by Southern LNG to send up to 58 tanker trucks a day of liquefied natural gas — about 5 million gallons (19,000,000 litres) a week — through Savannah.

The issue was first raised in August when Southern LNG, which operates the massive Elba Island LNG import terminal, petitioned federal regulators to reopen its truck loading facility there. With natural gas giant AGL Resources, Southern LNG’s parent company, El Paso Corp., formed a start-up called Southeast LNG to truck the highly chilled methane across a proposed DeRenne Avenue route. Currently, LNG arrives at Elba by ship and is piped out as a gas. The fuel is proposed for use throughout the Southeast as an alternative to diesel in heavy trucks. Southern LNG is still awaiting approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

LNG can’t burn as a liquid, but if a tanker were breached the resulting vapor cloud could burn. In fact, it could burn hot enough to blister exposed skin more than 700 feet away.

The U.S. Department of Transportation recommends an evacuation zone of up to a mile (1.61 kilometres) around an LNG tanker spill.

LNG is transported in double-walled trucks and has an "outstanding" safety record, according to company officials.

Gordon said his resolution (H.R. 615), which calls for meetings beginning in May, was just a first step and was the best he could do in the face of a heavy pro-trucking lobbying effort from the companies connected to the proposal.

Read the full article.

And a bit more info ON LNG

What is LNG? LNG Storage Facility

Liquefied natural gas, commonly called LNG, is natural gas that has been cooled to -260 degrees Fahrenheit (-162 degrees Celsius), reducing it to a liquid state. In a liquid state, natural gas occupies about 1/600th of its original space.

That means one LNG tanker can transport as much natural gas as 600 tankers carrying regular natural gas.

At a receiving facility, LNG is transferred into specially designed storage tanks where it is stored as a liquid. The LNG remains in storage until it is scheduled for redelivery. Then it’s pumped from the tanks and subjected to both heat and pressure, which returns it to a gaseous state for pipeline transportation.

  • LNG floats on water. It weighs about 29 pounds per cubic foot, slightly less than half the weight of water
  • LNG dissipates quickly. As the vapor warms to -160 degrees Fahrenheit (-107 degrees Celsius), it becomes lighter than air
  • LNG is non-toxic, odorless, and colorless
  • LNG will not burn or explode in its liquid state
  • When converted to its gaseous state, LNG will not explode in an unconfined space. In this state, it requires a 5- to 15-percent mixture with air to burn


SAI GLOBAL Publication

CROIERG are a member of SAI Global (Standards Australia) who have just released a guide covering various Standards applicable to Dangerous Goods, which may be of interest to members.

The Guide to Standards – Dangerous Goods provides a snapshot of information on Standards and Certification Schemes relevant to dangerous goods.

This guide covers topics such as:

  • Petroleum
  • Gases
  • Tanks and containers
  • Flammable and combustible liquids
  • Batteries
  • Explosives; and much more...

The Guide is a valuable resource for anyone working with dangerous goods including manufacturers, importers, and suppliers.

More information.


March 1, 2011 Atlanta Georgia USA

A Georgia Tech police officer is recovering after crashing his cruiser into the back of a tanker truck near Centennial Olympic Park. Crashed police car in Georgia

The crash left the patrol car mangled and the officer trapped inside.  He had to be extricated from the wrecked vehicle by Atlanta Fire and Rescue crews.

"Basically, we had a Georgia Tech police cruiser involved in an accident with an 1800 gallon petroleum tanker," says Deputy Chief Chris Wessels, with Atlanta Fire & Rescue.  "The tanker was filled with diesel fuel at the time."

The crash happened just before 8 this morning.  The patrol car ran into the back of the tanker and became entangled underneath the truck.

Wessels says some of the diesel fuel began leaking, but the leak came from pipes used to fill the tanker, not from the tank itself.

"The police cruiser was very entangled with the tanker truck," Wessels told the AJC. "We had to utilize two of our extrication companies to disentangle the cruiser from around the police officer."

The name of the officer has not been released, but Wessels says he was "alert and responsive" when he was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital.

A Georgia Tech spokesman says the officer was responding to a call for assistance from an Atlanta police officer when he wrecked.



March 10, 2011 Pailo, Tenn. USA

An environmental cleanup crew is soaking up the remains of a 200-gallon diesel spill that happened in Bledsoe County when a tractor-trailer flipped over on a hairpin curve.

Cleanup worker at Bledsoe diesel spill

Cleanup worker at Bledsoe diesel spill

Bledsoe County 911 dispatcher Patricia Edmons said the call came in about 11:50 a.m. CST Tuesday and emergency management and rescue crews were sent to the scene.

The accident was turned over to state troopers and McWilliams Road was closed while crews righted the tractor-trailer, she said.

Tennessee Highway Patrol officials were unable to provide a report or any details about the accident Wednesday afternoon, but environmental crews were on the scene Wednesday cleaning up the mess, located less than a mile from the Sequatchie River.

The spill is not believed to pose any danger to nearby residents or local water supplies, said Jeb Barrett, geologist with Chattanooga-based Marion Environmental Inc., which was called to the scene by the trucking company’s insurance carrier.

He said the insurance company is covering the cost of the cleanup, but he did not identify the company.

Barrett said a big rig hauling about 7,000 gallons (26,600 litres) of diesel fuel overturned as it climbed a steep hill on McWilliams Road just north of the county line.

A huge impression of the tanker remains on the roadside where the fuel-laden trailer landed on the edge of a 100-foot-deep ravine.

"They recovered all but about 200 gallons of off-road diesel," he said, adding that the truck was hauling a variety of grades of diesel.

Barrett said the accident could have been far worse if the tanker had burst open and lost all 7,000 gallons or if the fuel spill had been gasoline rather than diesel.



March 1, 2011 New Zealand

Katikati is cut off from Tauranga along State Highway 2 after a petrol tanker rolled there early this morning, blocking traffic, and leaking its contents across the road.

Tanker rollover in New Zealand

Tanker rollover in New Zealand

The Gull tanker rolled at about 6am near the intersection of Lund Road and State Highway 2, south of Katikati.

No traffic is able to pass north or south along State Highway 2 near the Lund Road intersection.

To drive to Katikati, Waihi or the Coromandel from Tauranga will require a trip over the Kaimais on State Highway 29.

Similarly, commuters from Katikati will have to drive through the Karangahake Gorge and down the Te Aroha West Road to Te Poi.

"The road will be closed until further notice," says Western Bay of Plenty Traffic Senior Sergeant Ian Campion.

"They are going to empty the tanker before they attempt to remove it, and that will depend on what equipment they can get to the scene." He believes it will be several hours before the road is reopened.

The wife of a motorcyclist who was commuting to work called the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline to report her husband had turned around and come home after he inhaled petrol fumes near the crash.

Another caller to 0800 SUNLIVE has reported she is trapped at home with police advising her she cannot access the road from her property at this time.

They have advised her she will not be able to leave her home until about lunch time.

Tauranga fire fighter Rob Scott says the tanker was carrying about 30,000 litres of fuel. Gull staff are travelling to the scene from Tauranga to assist in clearing the mess.

Rob says emergency services have pumps working to empty the tanker of fuel.

Police are being sent to the northern side of the cordon to explain the situation to queuing motorists. The scene cannot be cleared until the tanker is emptied of its fuel.



March 11, 2011 Rib Mountain, Wisconsin, USA

A Rosholt woman is dead after a car became lodged underneath a tanker truck this morning on Highway 51, according to the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department.Car wedged under tanker in Wisconsin

The crash occurred about 7:50 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Highway 51, just south of the Robin Lane overpass in the town of Rib Mountain.

The 38-year-old woman driving a Chevy Malibu was in the center lane when she lost control of her car and the car spun underneath the rear axle of a tanker truck carrying liquid propane in the left lane, Sheriff’s Lt. Randy Albert said.

Two women were extricated from the vehicle by personnel from the Rib Mountain Fire Department and taken by ambulance to Aspirus Wausau Hospital, Albert said. One woman was pronounced dead and Albert said he did not know the second woman’s condition. She is a 32-year-old Rosholt woman.

The driver of the tanker truck was not injured and none of the propane leaked from the tanker, Albert said.

The names of the people involved in the crash won’t likely be released for 24 hours until family members can be notified, Albert said.

The wreckage from the crash has been removed from the scene and all lanes are open to traffic. The Sheriff’s Department and the Wisconsin State Patrol investigated the crash.



February 26, 2011 Hot Springs, Arkansas USA Benton Incident

An overturned fuel tanker on Interstate 30 forced Arkansas State Police to close the highway for 10 1/2 hours Friday.

The driver of the tanker, Joseph Stephens, 40, of Hot Springs died in the accident, which occurred at 4:22 a.m. in Saline County, State police spokesman Bill Sadler said.

Authorities were still investigating to determine a cause for the one-vehicle accident, Sadler said.
Traffic blockage

The truck was westbound on I-30, near mile marker106, when the driver apparently lost control, and the rig veered left. The driver then apparently jerked the truck to the right, causing it to topple.


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TRUCK CRASH CLOSES RIGHT LANE OF I-84 AT EXIT 63 (Oregon) Officials examine tanker after Hood River crash

March 4, 2011 Hood River, Oregon USA

A semi-truck carrying nearly 10,000 gallons of diesel fuel crashed off the embankment of I-84 just before Exit 63 in Hood River Thursday afternoon, leaving the lane closed into the evening.

No fuel spilled from the truck, which came to rest at the bottom of an embankment on top of a sewer line.

The line was not damaged in the crash and the driver of the truck, Eric Christiansen of Vancouver, Wash suffered no injuries beyond a minor cut on a finger suffered as he exited the truck.

The truck momentarily came to a stop while hooked over the guardrail, but it soon began to slide.

"When the door handle worked, I didn't need an invitation," Christiansen said.

Another view of Hood River crash

Another view of Hood River crash

The Oregon State Police, ODOT, Hood River police, Hood River Fire, Hood River County Sherrif and Hood River Public Works all responded to the site of the accident, while Oregon Department of Environmental Quality had been notified to monitor the diesel fuel in the truck.

Senior Trooper Dan DeHaven of the OSP said the right lane was expected to remain closed into the evening until another tanker and pumper could arrive to offload the fuel from the truck before it could be pulled up from the embankment.



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TANKER ROLLS ON I-15 NEAR OGDEN (Utah) Utah tanker rollover

March 12, 2011 Salt Laker City Utah USA

A tanker rolled on I-15 near Ogden Saturday morning.

At around 11 a.m., the semi truck hauling a flatbed trailer with containers of the substance lost control on the curve and overturned on the overpass to I-84 East. The truck and trailer landed on its side blocking both lanes of traffic on I-84 and the containers burst open, spilling the substance all over the roadway, including I-15 below.

The driver was transported to the hospital with minor injuries and is now in stable condition.Fire-crews at Ogden Utah Rollover

The ramp to I-84 East is shut down and southbound I-15 will be shut down while the spill is handled. Southbound traffic will be diverted to 31st Street. (Information from the UHP)




March 14, 2011 Karachi Pakistan

A minibus and an oil tanker collided at the Hub River Road in No. 2, Baldia Town on Sunday. The bus, route G-3, and tanker, TLK-681, both flipped over.

Tanker and Minibus crash in Pakistan

Tanker and Minibus crash in Pakistan

While the injured people were being moved to hospitals in ambulances, others gathered at the accident site to scoop up the oil, which had spilled out from the tanker.

Hundreds of litres of furnace oil had pooled around the vehicle, which people started filling into drums and plastic bottles – at a serious safety risk.

They piled their loot into motorcycles, Suzuki pickups and even donkey carts. Police intervened and lashed out at the petty thieves but no arrests were made nor did the police take the oil back.

The spill caused several motorcyclists to slip and many of them were injured. Meanwhile, there was also a terrible traffic jam at the road because of the accident and vehicles were stuck for hours.



March 14, 2011 Anderson County, S.C. USA Wreckage of BMW and tanker crash in South Carolina

A 50-year-old Upstate man was killed in wreck involving a 18-wheeled tanker and a car, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The coroner said that Robert Graham, of Honea Path, died at the scene.

The wreck happened about 6:30 a.m. on Highway 252 at Walter Wilson Road in the southern part of the county.

Troopers at the scene said Graham, who was driving a BMW sedan, was trying to pass another vehicle when it hit the on-coming tanker head-on.
Another view of BMW and tanker incident in SC

A small fire was reported, but fire crews were able to extinguish it quickly, troopers said.

Coroner Greg Shore said Graham died of blunt force trauma. Shore said the truck driver was not hurt.

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Tanker driver injured in incident at servo

March 9, 2011 Brisbane QLD

A Brisbane man has been acquitted of running down and seriously injuring a fuel tanker driver in a service station rage attack.

Benjamin Francis Cochrane, 25, was acquitted of dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm to Matthew Goodman, who was delivering fuel to a Coles Express service station at Daisy Hill, in Brisbane's south, in November 2007.

Mr. Goodman told Brisbane District Court that Cochrane, behind the wheel of a Jeep Wrangler, screeched his vehicle into the service station.

Mr. Goodman had sectioned off several bowsers with witches hats as he filled underground tanks with fuel from his B-double fuel tanker.

He told the court said he heard Cochrane say to one of the passengers in his Jeep: "I'm not waiting. Move the witches hats" and then saw a passenger get out and move the hats.

Mr. Goodman said he yelled out: "Oi, you can't do that" and was told to "f--- off".

He said as he went to replace the witches hats, Cochrane revved his vehicle and reversed into him, injuring his left leg.

The court was told Cochrane then said to him: "Fat bastard. I should have run you over more. Get the f--- out of my way".

Mr. Goodman used two walking sticks to walk into court and the court heard he often needs to use a wheelchair due to chronic leg pain.

Cochrane pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, but not guilty to dangerous driving causing grievous bodily harm. His lawyers argued there was no collision between the Wrangler and Mr. Goodman. This afternoon jurors took less than three hours to return their verdicts.

Cochrane is yet to be sentenced on the charge of dangerous driving as well as an unrelated charge of assault occasioning bodily harm to another man. It is expected Judge Nicholas Samios will sentence him on both charges on Friday March 11.



This has a familiar ring to it in regard to certain actions being taken by Oz Fire Services in upping the ante on industry emergency response. Ed LPG tanker that caused huge traffic delays

March 16, 2011 Mumbai INDIA

PCMC Fire Brigade Swings into action to avert major fire due to LPG leak as the gas company's emergency team reaches venue 4 hrs late owing to traffic.

Prompt action by PCMC Fire Brigade and their decision to divert traffic to Pune- Mumbai old highway from Nashik Phata, arrested a potential disaster that could have endangered the lives of residents at Phugewadi.

According to Octori Inspector Santosh Katewal at Phugewadi toll, driver of an LPG tanker informed of a gas leak during wee hours of Tuesday after the vehicle hit a tree. The Bharat Petroleum tanker was followed by another gas tanker and an oil capsule on the road. A single spark in the area could have led to major catastrophe.

Chief Fire Officer Kiran Gawade said, "After we received a call around 3.45 am, our team immediately reached there and alerted the residents against igniting any electrical appliance. By then we had also started spraying water to diffuse LPG vapors. The cause of the leakage was a shredded roto gauge of the tanker after its crash with the tree."

According to the Fire Brigade officials, the emergency team of Bharat Petroleum reached the venue three hours later and that too with basic equipment. They had to purchase the materials to seal the crack in the tanker. M-seal was used to cover the crack, which was later followed by plaster of Paris (POP) after the tanker was transported to a nearby school campus.

As the preventive operations were being carried on, there was major traffic congestion on the Nashik Phata, which lasted more than three hours. However, the traffic was normalised by 9.30 am after the LPG tanker was moved to Army Public School's premises.

Katewal informed MiD Day, "The situation was tense and it could have led to major catastrophe had fire the brigade not arrived on time."



March 16, 2011 Lancaster County. Pennsylvania USA

In Lancaster County, a tanker truck filled with propane crashed Tuesday morning in Christiana Borough.

The crash happened around 10:30 a.m. on North Bridge Street and Sadsbury Avenue.

The truck, which was carrying 8,000 gallons of fuel, overturned and brought down power lines.

It took fire crews an hour to get the driver out. He was treated and released from the hospital.

Forty homes in the area were evacuated as a precaution and hundreds of nearby homes lost power.



March 17, 2011 Mountain Home Idaho USA Idaho crash

On Wednesday, March 16, 2011 at approximately 8:36 p.m., Idaho State Police investigated a single-vehicle semi crash eastbound on Interstate 84 at milepost 107, east of Mountain Home.

A 2008 Kenworth tanker truck pulling one trailer was travelling eastbound on Interstate 84 near milepost 107. The truck was hauling gasoline and diesel.

While negotiating a curve, the tanker left the roadway and drove off the left shoulder down a slope into the median where it overturned. Deputies arrived on scene and extricated the driver who had been trapped inside the cab. Danny Guntrum, 39 from Nampa, was then taken by air ambulance to St. Alphonsus Hospital in Boise with serious injuries.

The vehicle leaked approximately 3,000 gallons (11,499 litres) of gasoline into the median. Elmore County Fire, Mountain Home Air Force Base fire crews, and Boise HazMat teams responded to contain the spill.

The westbound lanes of travel were blocked for approximately nine hours and were reopened at 7:42.

FOUR DIE IN CAR CRASH WITH GAS TANKER (Trinidad and Tobago) Trinidad car and tanker crash wreckage

Lone survivor critical in hospital

March 23, 2011 Chaguanas,Trinidad and Tobago

Four Diego Martin residents were killed yesterday when the car in which they were occupants crashed in Chaguanas. Ronald James’ wife, Venus James, was the only survivor of the crash which happened around 6.10 am on the southbound lane of the Uriah Butler Highway.

A police report said Ronald James lost control of the Nissan Sentra he was driving on the northbound lane of the highway and crossed the median.

The car collided with a gas tanker on the southbound lane near the Caroni Bird Sanctuary flyover.

The bodies were pulled out of the mangled wreck by firefighters who had to cut the car.


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