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The Bulk Tanker Emergency Responder Card is administered by the Fire Protection Association Australia (FPA Australia) and supported by the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC)

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

The Card recognizes that the holder has received formal training in dealing with bulk tanker emergencies

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31 Spill Response Pump Equipped
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Brisbane QLD 25 Spill Response
Canberra ACT 2 Spill Response
Canberra ACT 3 Spill Response Pumping Unit
Canberra ACT 4 Spill Response Skimmer Unit
Canberra ACT 5 Training Cutaway Unit Unit
Canberra ACT 6 Training Rollover Unit
Canberra ACT 29 Training Unit Pump Equipped
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Cooma NSW 27 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Cootamundra NSW 14 Spill Response
Dubbo NSW 36 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Eden NSW 10 Spill Response
Forbes NSW 18 Spill Response
Goulburn NSW 8 Spill Response
Griffith NSW 13 Spill Response
Holbrook NSW 20 Spill Response
Lismore NSW 35 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Melbourne VIC
37 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Mildura VIC 16 Spill Response
Moruya NSW 12 Spill Response
Newcastle NSW 19 Spill Response
Orange NSW 11 Spill Response
Port Kembla NSW 34 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Prestons West Sydney NSW
32 Spill Response Pump Equipped
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Rockhampton QLD 28 Spill Response
Rockhampton QLD 33 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Shepparton VIC 15 Spill Response
Wagga Wagga NSW 26 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Wauchope NSW 21 Spill Response
Wodonga VIC 9 Spill Response
Yass NSW 23 Spill Response


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November 2012


Paul Pulver, Asset Manager, Ron Finemore Transport P/L was re-elected Chairman at the CROIERG AGM for the 2013 Year

Paul's Chairman's Report to the AGM is available in the Members Area of the website for perusal by members

The Audited Financial Reports for the financial year 1/7/2011 to 30/6/2012 are also available in the Members Area as are other reports tabled at the AGM


The Year 2013 CROIERG Committee is:


Paul Pulver (Ron Finemore Transport P/L)

Deputy Chairman

Greg Royston Deputy Chairman (Caltex Australia Petroleum)

Secretary – Treasurer and Public Officer

Brian O'Connor (E.J. O'Connor & Son) Yass PL


Grahame Bowyer (Tasco Inland P/L)


Ryan Burke (Transpacific Industries)


David Jackman (Caltex Australia Petroleum)


Steve Rose (Tasco Inland P/L)


Paul Serafin (BP Australia)


Brian Withers (Ron Finemore Transport P/L)


Greg Wordsworth (Transpacific Industries)




Following the CROIERG AGM on October 18th 2012 in Yass our training contractors Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) are undertaking work on a potential restructure of the Stage 1 (MANAGERS) Training Course.

This is being done in conjunction with the original authors of the courses and the main objective is to align the Stage 1 (Managers) course closely to the timetables of the Stage 2 (Responders) Course.

This is being treated as a priority project and members will be advised as soon as possible and full details will be made available to the parties involved in the training project.


A first class video taken during an actual Stage 2 (Responders) Training Course has been made by TISC with Clinton Ernst in charge of production

To view a copy of the video go to the link below:


STAGE 2 (Practical) Training Courses will be conducted at the TISC Training Complex on:



STAGE 2 Responders

March 13-15

STAGE 2 Responders

June 26-28

STAGE 2 Responders

September 4-6


Trish Mooney. Business Administration Manager
Transport Industry Skills Centre (TISC) Sutton Road, Canberra ACT

Mail: TISC PO Box 6074 Queanbeyan NSW 2620

Phone: (02) 6297 7187



  1. Stage1 (Managers) Course in Fuel Transportation Emergency Planning and Response
  2. Stage 2 (Responders) Course in Transport Emergency Recovery Operations

For detailed information on the two programs go to the link below

Emergency Response Program Information [pdf]


STAGE 1 Managers)

$1,500 for CROIERG/NBTA Members

$1,800 for Non Members

STAGE 2 (Responders)

$2,100 + $88 for Responder Card


EMERGENCIES (Extracts from the ADG Code and Regulations)

Many enquiries from members for information on Emergencies as outlined in the Code & Regs. Please note that we have published this material from before (Refer CROIERG Web News Archives) Here are the applicable extracts.

EXTRACTS FROM ADG 7 Model Legislation


National Transport Commission (Model Legislation — Transport of Dangerous Goods by Road or Rail) Regulations 2007


14.2.1 Telephone advisory service

(1) In this {clause}:

telephone advisory service, for the transport of dangerous goods, means a service providing access by a continuously monitored telephone not located on the carrying vehicle or train to a person competent to give advice about:

(a) the construction and properties of the receptacles in which the dangerous goods are being transported; and

(b) the use of equipment on vehicles on which the dangerous goods are being transported; and

(c) the properties of the dangerous goods; and

(d) methods of safely handling the dangerous goods; and

(e) methods of safely containing and controlling the dangerous goods in a dangerous situation.

(2) A prime contractor or rail operator must not transport a load of dangerous goods that contains dangerous goods in a receptacle with a capacity of more than 500 litres or kilograms if a telephone advisory service is not available during the journey.

Offence provision.

(3) A person must not consign a load of dangerous goods that contains dangerous goods in a receptacle with a capacity of more than 500 litres or kilograms for transport if a telephone advisory service is not available during the journey.

Offence provision.

{(4) An offence against {subclause} (2) or (3) is an offence of strict liability.}

(5) A telephone advisory service may be provided by the prime contractor, rail operator or consignor, or someone else for the prime contractor, rail operator or consignor. (14.4, amd/2

14.2.2 Emergency plans

(1) In this {clause}:

Emergency plan, for the transport of a placard load, means a written plan, for dealing with any dangerous situation arising from the transport of the goods, that is prepared having regard to any guidelines approved by the Australian Transport Council.

(2) A prime contractor or rail operator must not transport a placard load if the prime contractor or rail operator does not have an emergency plan for the transport of the goods.

Offence provision.

(3) A person must not consign a placard load for transport if the person does not have an emergency plan for the transport of the goods. (14.5, amd/2)

Offence provision.

{(4) An offence against {subclause} (2) or (3) is an offence of strict liability.}

DEFINITIONS (ADG7) CONSIGNORS Consignors –(Regulation 1.2.15)

A person consigns dangerous goods for transport, and is the consignor of the goods, if:

(a) the person, with the person's authority, is named or otherwise identified in transport documentation that complies with Chapter 11.1 of this Code as the consignor of the goods; or

(b) sub-clause (a) does not apply to the person or anyone else and the person:

(i) engages a prime contractor or rail operator, either directly or through an agent or other intermediary, to transport the goods; or

(ii) if sub-clause (i) does not apply, has possession of, or control over, the goods immediately before the goods are transported; or

(iii) if neither sub-clause (i) nor (ii) applies, loads a vehicle with the goods, for transport, at a place where dangerous goods are awaiting collection and that is unattended (except by the driver) during loading; or

(c) sub-clauses (a) and (b) do not apply to the person or anyone else and:

(i) the goods are imported into Australia; and

(ii) the person is the importer of the goods

PRIME CONTRACTOR Prime Contractor –(Regulation 1.2.18)

A person is the prime contractor for the transport of dangerous or other goods by road if the person, in conducting a business for or involving the transport of dangerous goods by road, undertakes to be responsible, or is responsible, for the transport of the goods by road.


An article by John Honderich is chair of the Torstar board and former publisher of the Toronto Star Torstar News

October 7, 2012 BELLA BELLA, B.C. Canada

Sometimes in life you have to witness a place firsthand to really get it.

See it. Experience it. Sense it.

I had watched a video of the channels and byways in western British Columbia that super-tankers will ply if the controversial Northern Gateway Pipeline is approved. But I decided I wanted to see them up close, then form my own opinion.

So I paid to join a five-day sailing trip through the Great Bear Rainforest region organized by the World Wildlife Federation. To say this region showcases some of the most spectacular scenery that Canada has to offer barely captures it. But more on this later.

I should make it clear, right off the top, that I understand fully Alberta's desire to sell its oil abroad. It's the "how" and "where" we must get right.

My journey turned out to be one of both discovery and surprise, a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

We began at Kitimat, the endpoint of the proposed bitumen pipeline.

Within minutes of our Gitga'at guide Marven Robinson showing us the likely marine terminal site, three orcas splashed by. Then a pod of seven humpbacks. The oh-so-familiar juxtaposition of trade pitted against the environment was set early, a theme that would haunt throughout.

Certainly the fierce opposition of the Coastal First Nations to the project is well known. For Marven, decked out in his "Stop the Tankers" T-shirt, the feeling is visceral. "This just cannot happen," he growls.

Read more.


In-situ burn of surface oil

In-situ burn of surface oil

Every year NOAA responds to more than a hundred oil and chemical spills in U.S. waters, which threaten life, property, and public natural resources. Spills into our coastal waters, whether accidental or intentional, can harm people and the environment and substantially disrupt marine transportation with potential widespread economic impacts.

The Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) is charged with responding to oil spills, chemical accidents, and other emergencies in coastal areas. Under the National Contingency Plan, NOAA is responsible for providing scientific support to the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for oil and hazardous material spills. To support this mandate, OR&R provides 24-hour, seven-day-a-week response to spills.

Addressing the Issue

OR&R's expertise spans oceanography, biology, chemistry, and geology, allowing the response team to estimate oil and chemical trajectories, analyse chemical hazards, and assess risks to coastal animals, habitats, and important areas to humans. This team, led by regional Scientific Support Coordinators, provides scientific support to the U.S. Coast Guard for spills in coastal waters. When OR&R scientists respond to a spill, they work to answer specific questions:

  • What got spilled?
  • Where will it go and what will it hit?
  • What damage will it cause and how can the effects of the spill be reduced?

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October 16, 2012 Washington DC USA

CHEMTREC and the National Registration Center for Chemicals (NRCC) of China announced that the two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for mutual assistance that became effective on August 1, 2012.

The partnership will enhance the capabilities of both organizations to effectively respond to hazardous materials incidents occurring within China, as well as those that occur outside of China.

"CHEMTREC is pleased to formalize its relationship with the NRCC," said Randy Speight, CHEMTREC's managing director. "This agreement represents a milestone in the evolution of international emergency response and expands our global network of experts available to assist responders in need of assistance during a hazardous materials incident."

Professor Zhang, the Director of the NRCC, said, "NRCC is very honoured to carry out international cooperation with CHEMTREC. China and the United States are both major countries in the production and distribution of chemicals. The NRCC and CHEMTREC partnership can more effectively enhance responses to hazardous chemicals incidents when they occur. It also promotes improved chemical safety for the two countries, as well as worldwide, and makes an important contribution to the development of international emergency response."

Companies transporting hazardous materials both within China, as well as between China and other locations, will receive the greatest benefit when registered with both organizations for their emergency response information needs, according to Speight.

The MOU recognizes the unique capabilities of each organization and their mutual goal to assist emergency responders during incidents involving hazardous materials. The MOU provides the framework for the organizations to share and leverage their respective information resources during hazardous materials emergencies--24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The NRCC is a multi-function agency of the State Administration of Work Safety of the People's Republic of China. NRCC's responsibilities include: registration of hazardous chemicals; chemical accident emergency response; prevention and investigation of chemical accidents; identification and classification of chemicals hazards; and worker safety standards for hazardous chemicals enterprises. The chemical accident emergency response function within NRCC includes management and maintenance of the 24/7 state emergency consulting "hot-line" created to provide real-time expert assistance to chemical enterprises and responders during chemical emergencies. NRCC has provided emergency consulting services to thousands of chemical enterprises in China. For more information about NRCC, visit the NRCC website.

CHEMTREC, a division of the not-for-profit American Chemistry Council, is a 24/7 resource providing immediate critical response information for incidents involving hazardous materials. CHEMTREC was created in 1971 by the chemical industry to provide expert advice to public responders in the United States and Canada during incidents involving hazardous materials. Today the chemical industry relies on CHEMTREC's services around the globe for emergency response and related services.

More than 24,000 companies rely on CHEMTREC's services. For more information about CHEMTREC, visit the CHEMTREC website.


September 272, 2012 City Of Muñoz Philippines


Tanker and Bus Crash in Philippines

Leoncio Pajarillo, 39, was ferrying his wife, Evangeline, 42, on his motorcycle to the city center here to catch a bus for Metro Manila. She was to attend an orientation for an overseas job. They never made it. They didn't know what hit them.

They were among the nine people killed with eight others injured on Wednesday when a Metro Manila-bound bus hit a fuel tanker on Maharlika Highway at Barangay (village) Bantug here, police said.

The drivers of the bus and tanker and the Pajarillo couple on a motorcycle were among those killed in the accident on a newly paved section of the highway in Purok (sub village) Villa Medina at 2:30 a.m.

Supt. Michael Angelo Zuñiga, city police chief, said the Victory Liner bus, which came from Cagayan province, tried to avoid the motorcycle carrying Pajarillo and his wife, and hit the fuel tanker instead on the opposite lane.

The Pajarillos died instantly but police could not say which vehicle hit their motorcycle.

The other fatalities were bus driver Victor Ryan Camanguig, tanker driver Silvino Marzo and Donatella Aquino and Marife Cale-Bondoc, who were among 44 passengers of the bus. Three other fatalities, all of them women, have yet to be identified.

The eight injured passengers were taken to hospitals in San Jose and Cabanatuan cities.

Ronnie Calica, one of the two bus drivers, said the vehicle left its terminal in Tuao, Cagayan, for Pasay City at 3 p.m. Tuesday. Calica drove the bus from Cagayan to San Jose City. There, after a pit stop about 12 kilometers from the accident site, he turned over the wheel to his alternate driver, Camanguig.

Calica dismissed reports that Camanguig was sleepy while on the wheel. "He just relieved me in San Jose City. It was my turn to sleep and I was awakened when I fell off my seat," said Calica, who was seated at the rear section of the bus.

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September 27, 2012 Austin Texas USA

Tanker recovery

Tanker recovery

Product recovery

Product recovery

The clean-up continues on the frontage road of I-35 near Slaughter Lane.

A tanker overturned around 1:40 a.m. Thursday morning spilling hundreds of gallons of fuel.

Austin police say the driver was heading north on the highway when he lost control, veered into a grassy median that separates the northbound lanes and the frontage road and overturned.

Lt. Josh Portie of the Austin Fire Department says the tanker was filled with approximately 9,600 gallons of fuel -- a mixture of gasoline, ethanol and diesel. Lt. Portie believes about 700 gallons leaked out in the crash.

Crews are now in the process of cleaning the spilled fuel, most of which leaked into the soil. It's a lengthy process, requiring a series of steps. Before teams could dig out the soiled dirt, they had to turn the tanker upright and tow it away. However, firefighters had to empty the remaining fuel from the tanker before flipping it back over.

Firefighters had to wear full gear with air tanks to protect themselves from potential flames and fumes. They climbed on top of the tank and drilled into each of the four fuel compartments. Afterward they pumped the remaining fuel into another tanker, then hauled it away.

Police shut down all northbound traffic as crews emptied the flammable fuel. It forced drivers heading north into Austin into a massive backup.

Read more and view a video.


September 25, 2012 Farmington Hills Michigan USA

Rollover in Farmington Hills. Note the rear trailer axles

Rollover in Farmington Hills. Note the rear trailer axles

A tanker rolled over Monday afternoon on eastbound Interstate 696 near Halstead Road closing two lanes of the interstate.

The crash happened about 1:15 Monday afternoon. It appears the 18-wheeler sliped off the highway and into the brush, landing on its side. There are no reports of injuries.

The truck was from Mid-Thumb trucking and may have been carrying fuel -- but there is no sign of any spillage. Traffic has banked up for two miles



September 27, 2012 Niger State Nigeria

About 20 persons, including a policeman were, on Tuesday night, burnt to death, when a petrol tanker crashed and exploded in Kudu village, on Bida-Mokwa road in Niger State.

According to an eyewitness, the fuel laden tanker was said to have lost control while negotiating a bend across the village.

The source informed the Nigerian Tribune that a policeman was killed in the incident, while he was allegedly trying to rescue some trapped victims while the tanker exploded.

Chairman of the council, Alhaji Adamu Jiya Sonfada, while confirming the incident in a telephone interview, said several people who were injured in the disaster are currently receiving treatment at the general hospitals in Mokwa and Kutigi.

He said houses and other valuables worth several millions of naira were consumed in the inferno emanating from the fuel spillage.

Sonfada added that the council would see that the injured received adequate medical care, while he condoled with the families of the deceased, praying God to give them the fortitude to bear the losses. Also, the village head of Kudu, Alhaji Alhassan Kudu, described the incident as "a great disaster in history," while he sympathised with the families of the deceased.

The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Mr Pius Edobo, in an interview with the Nigerian Tribune, confirmed the incident, but claimed ignorance of the death of a police officer in the death. "The command was not aware of the death of one of its officers," he said, while he promised to find out.



October 8, 2012 Parkers Crossroads, Tennessee USA

Rollover in Tennessee

Rollover in Tennessee

Henderson County Fire Chief Lynn Murphy said tonight that he expects cleanup of the site of a fuel truck crash on Interstate 40 to finish no sooner than midnight today and for traffic to be slowed down for just as long.

The 18-wheeler fuel truck crashed near Interstate 40 Exit 108 this afternoon and has backed up traffic for hours in both directions as firefighters and emergency responders worked to prevent leaked fuel from catching fire.

Murphy said the fuel truck crashed in the westbound lanes of I-40 near the Parkers Crossroads exit about 3:30 p.m. and that the cause of the wreck is still under investigation.

Murphy said Emergency Medical Services workers took the driver of the truck for medical treatment and that no one else was involved in the wreck. He said that when firefighters arrived, the fuel truck was lying on its side in the ditch beside the outside, westbound lane.

He said the wreck caused a major gas leak on the truck and that firefighters poured a foam-like substance onto the fuel to keep the flammable liquid from anything that could cause it to ignite.

"The fuel is contained underneath the truck itself, and a blanket of foam prevents the fuel vapours from the leaked fuel to reach the fuel in the tank itself," Murphy said. "The foam is a nonhazardous material that applied with water creates a vapor-resistant blanket over any flammable liquid."

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October 10, 2012 St Charles County Missouri USA

Overturned tanker

Overturned tanker

A truck driver is dead after his tanker truck overturned on Highway 79 in St. Charles County late Wednesday afternoon.

Police say the accident happened at the intersection of Highway 79 and Salt River Road. There were no other vehicles involved.

According to authorities, the tanker was loaded with diesel fuel when it went off the roadway and flipped onto its side. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police are investigating what caused the accident.



October 12, 2012 NigeriaTanker on its back in Nigeria

A tanker loaded with gasoline is lying on its back along Minister Hills–Mabushi highway in Abuja.

The tanker somersaulted last night as its driver lost control of the vehicle as he descended the hill. No casualty was recorded in the accident.

The tanker somersaulted two times and fell and then blocked part of the road.

The driver and other occupants of the tanker escaped unhurt.

However, this afternoon fuel began gushing out of the tanker posing serious danger to road users and residents in the city.

The accident has already caused a busy traffic snarl along Kubwa road this morning.

Policemen, Firefighters and Federal Road Safety officials were seen at the scene of the accident preventing the residents from scooping fuel and making an effort to safely discharge the content of the tanker.

A police officer on the scene said that they are making an effort to get Julius Berger construction company to vacate the tanker and move it from the way to end the blockade caused by it.

View a series of photographs.



October 7, 2012 Hunan Province CHINA

Caught on CCTV, a gas tanker exploded in central China on Saturday, killing three firemen and sending out a wave of white smoke.

The accident happened on the Changde-Jishou Expressway in Huaihua City, in Yunling county, in the Hunan Province of China.

Chinese state television reports that a gas tanker exploded after firemen arrived on the scene to deal with the overturned vehicle.

In the video footage, the tanker can be seen lying on the side of the road, next to the entrance to the tunnel. Several fire engines are parked nearby.

A sudden explosion occurs, sending out a huge cloud of white smoke down the highway.

The explosion caused the death of the three firemen.

View a video.


September 29, 2012 EAST London South AfricaFire bombed petrol tanker

A truck carrying 40,000 litres of fuel exploded yesterday when it was petrol-bombed on the N6 between East London and Stutterheim.

The driver of the targeted fuel delivery truck survived the incident and was treated for burn wounds.

Eastern Cape police said they were investigating a case of arson and malicious damage to property.

The incident occurred as a nationwide truck drivers' strike entered its fourth day yesterday, The Dispatch reports.

Disaster management spokesman John Fobian, Forbian, who was at the scene, said the road, grass and land at the scene of the explosion had been damaged, and that the heat had caused there were potholes from the heat of the fire.

"Amahlathi Municipality and Buffalo City Metro are working together to solve the problem," he said.

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October 20, 2012 Uckfield Sussex UKPetrol tanker in Uckfield crash

Emergency services were called to an incident on the A26 near Little Horsted this morning after a car collided with a petrol tanker.

The incident happened at 06:10 and the road was shut for a short time before being reopened at around 07:00 after emergency services confirmed that no fuel had spilled from the petrol tanker. A petrol tanker was involved in a crash near Uckfield

One person was trapped in the car and had to be released by firefighters before being taken to hospital.

Sussex Police said the driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of a driving offence.


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