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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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Feb - March 2012

Following the Christmas/New Year Break the Editor of the CROIERG Web News was away for some weeks in the wilds of South America (next time you see him ask him "Can you be mugged in a main street in Buenos Aires {Argentina} on a Sunday afternoon?. Duck before he answers) and the civilization of Washington DC.

So we didn’t publish a February web news. However back to tors and here is our March 2012 edition.

THE TRAINING COURSE

The CROIERG/NBTA Training Courses resume and a schedule of applicable dates is listed below
CROIERG / NBTA TRAINING COURSE DATES (2012)

Stage 1 - MANAGERS

Stage 2 - RESPONDERS

13-15th March 2012

18-20th April 2012 FULLY BOOKED

14-16th May 2012

1-3rd August 2012 FILLING FAST

17-19th September

3-5th October 2012

TRAINING COURSE BOOKINGS
All training course bookings should be made to:-
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 Fax: (02) 6297 6986
Email: TrishMooney@SRDTC.com

TRAINING COURSES INFORMATION

Part 1 - Course in Fuel Transportation Emergency Planning and Response

Part 2 - Transport Emergency Recovery Operations

For detailed information on the two programs go the link below

EMERGENCY RESPONDER (RECOGNITION) CARD

A meeting is scheduled for March 9th in Melbourne at which governance aspects of the proposed Emergency Responder (Recognition) Card will be discussed

This specialist card will be issued to those people who complete the CROIERG/NBTA (Stage 2) Responders Course and will be recognised by the attending Emergency Services at incident sites and allow industry responders approved access.

CROIERG Chairman Paul Pulver of Ron Finemore Transport and Secretary Brian O’Connor will be attending the meeting as will Bob Waldron CEO of TISC (Transport Industries Skills Centre).

Others attendees will be from the National Bulk Tanker Association and the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) and Fire Protection Association of Australia (FPAA)

The Industry Emergency Responder Recognition Card (it may well end up with another "title") is an integral part of the overall training program. The program development has been in very close consultation with the emergency services over the past few years.

It (The Card) recognises that effective training has been completed and that the person is competent to perform the tasks.

CROIERG TRAILERS

CROIERG has disposed at auction two of its oldest trailer units, which were considered by the committee not suitable for the present era (as they say).

Too big, far too heavy for towing by conventional vehicles such as sedans and utes, and wrongly set-up for modern equipment, especially pumps and hoses.

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CROIERG Trailer 1989

Funds generated from this sale will go towards construction of units in the new configuration adopted by the group

HAZMAT 2012 CONFERENCE

Melbourne 9-10th May 2012

HAZMAT 2012

HAZMAT 2012

PROGRAM & REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
A two day conference on the latest directions and compliance requirements for chemical management, hazardous substances and dangerous goods to help achieve sustainable outcomes

HazMat 2012 is the key hazardous materials, chemical management and dangerous goods conference and exhibition in Australia. This year will see a focus on protecting the community and how the industry is addressing environmental and public concerns of safety.

Held over two days, presentations by leading industry experts and an international keynote speakers will cover current and future issues.

 

The CROIERG Secretary will be one of the presenters on the second day (May 10th)  His subject will be: -"Chemical Emergencies, Road Tanker Spills –broadening the CROIERG Canberra Experience"

Download the Registration & Program Brochure for the full program, pricing and more information. You can also download the Speaker Profiles directory for more information about the presenters

HAZMAT 2012 will be held at the Darebin Arts & Entertainment Centre. Cnr Bell Street & St Georges Road. Preston. Victoria

POLICE CHASE ENDS IN FIERY TANKER CRASH (Connecticut)

December 28, 2001 Southington, Connecticut USA

Stolen car crashes into tanker which catches fire

Stolen car crashes into tanker which catches fire

Those who saw the crash said it was like a scene from a movie, not something that ever happens in real life.

A speeding car, being chased by police cruisers, slammed into a tanker truck, causing the truck to catch fire.

As the tanker driver scrambled from his cab and yelled for people to get back, the driver of the car took off, fighting with bystanders, other drivers and the police, before eventually being taken down. The truck continued to burn, as police took the man, who has not been identified yet and had allegedly stolen the car he crashed, into custody.

Evacuations were ordered in the vicinity of Routes 10 and 322 following the crash, which occurred around 3:30 p.m. "Until we could ascertain exactly what was going on we evacuated a quarter mile in all directions," said Harold Clark, Southington Fire Chief. "Then we were able to attack the fire itself."

"And it wasn't three or four minutes and the flames were everywhere," said local resident Tom Kammer. "They got to a point where they were about 125 feet high."

The crash knocked out power in the immediate area and the smell of burning fuel was in the air.
The car was stolen out of Woodbury, according to state police. A trooper spotted the stolen car in Waterbury, but ended the pursuit "due to hazardous conditions," spokesman Lt. J. Paul Vance said in a statement.

Then, shortly before 3:30, another trooper spotted the stolen car near a Southington truck stop, sparking a second pursuit. This time the driver of the stolen car lost control on Route 10 and slid into the tanker carrying gasoline. "A fire ignited from the collision, but the trooper was able to take the suspect into custody," Vance said.

Firefighters were able to knock down the fire and cool the tanker, but that was only the first problem. The second situation involved Hazmat crews from Waterbury and Hartford, and how they would handle a tanker filled with 8,600 gallons of gasoline.

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13 DIE IN VENEZUELA TANKER CRASH

December 30, 2011 Caracas, Venezuela

13 die in Venezuela tanker, bus crash

13 die in Venezuela tanker, bus crash

A petrol tanker has caught fire and engulfed eight other vehicles in Venezuela, killing at least 13 and injuring dozens.

Twelve of those killed on Thursday were aboard a bus that caught fire, said police spokesman Luis Fernandez, who added that the bodies were charred.

Fernandez warned that the number of injured could increase. The bus was carrying 32 passengers, and 'it is supposed (that) 20 people survived the accident.'

Firefighters took more than an hour to put out the river of flames, which spread for more than a kilometre along the busy road.

The accident took place around 2pm local time (0530 Friday AEDT) on a busy stretch of the Pan-American Highway that links Caracas with the satellite city of Los Teques, just outside the capital city, officials said.

Source www.skynews.com.au/world

LOADED FUEL TANKER DESTROYS PROPERTIES IN SHAMA (Ghana)

December 23, 2011 Shama, GhanaGhana tanker fire

The timely arrival of Fire Service personnel from Sekondi-Takoradi saved a disaster when a tanker loaded with fuel caught fire at the Bano Filling Station at Shama on Thursday morning.

The firefighters led by Reverend Micheal Nii Nunoo, Metropolitan Fire Officer, used their equipment to cool part of the tanker containing the fuel while the whole tanker was in flames.

This effort prevented the spillage of fuel on the ground and thereby saved a situation that could have been very disastrous, as the fire could have spread fast, to destroy lives and nearby properties, Rev Nunoo said.

Two empty tankers parked nearby were not spared from the engulfing fire as they got partly burnt while the adjoining house also had its roofing razed down.

Reverend Nunoo told the GNA that on Thursday morning the office received a distress call about the fire outbreak at the filling so the men quickly rushed to the scene and went into action.

He said the tanker was discharging fuel through a pipe into an underground tank, and suddenly there was spark followed by fire, which spread very fast to damage two other empty tankers and the roofing of a house nearby.

Mr Stephen Oscar Cobinna, the Western Regional Fire Officer, has advised the public to take precautionary measures in the homes, offices and everywhere during this dry season to prevent fire outbreaks. He said the fire personnel would conduct immediate investigations the cause of the fire.

Source www.ghanabusinessnews.com

NO CLUES ON CAUSE OF FUEL DEPOT BLAZE (South Aust)

December 26, 2011 Adelaide South AustDepot fire at Largs North

Firefighters say they do not know the cause of a fire at a fuel depot at Largs North at the weekend.

The blaze burnt a large bulk fuel storage tank, with smoke and flames visible in and around the Willochra St depot on Saturday evening. The MFS dispatched a large number of crew members to the scene.

"Twelve MFS appliances and 55 firefighters responded to the fire, which was burning in a large bulk fuel storage tank at the depot," an MFS spokesperson said.

"The quick work of firefighters led to the blaze being brought under control and extinguished within an hour." MFS chief officer Grant Lupton commended the work of his team, whose actions he described as "diligent".
"Through a rapid response and diligent work, firefighters have managed to bring this situation to a successful conclusion," he said.

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PROPANE TRUCK CRASH KILLS 1, SPURS EVACUATION IN MISSOULA (Montana)

December 27, 2011 Missoula Montana USA

Recovery of propane tanker in Montana

Recovery of propane tanker in Montana

An early-morning head-crash on North Reserve Street has left one person dead.

Missoula Police Officer Bob Bouchee said the driver of a passenger vehicle was killed in a head-on crash between that vehicle and a propane truck.

Reserve Street remains closed between Mullan Road and Third Street because of the crash and the complicated process of safely righting and removing the propane truck, Missoula police and fire officials said.

The accident occurred at about 5 a.m. Tuesday in the area of North Reserve Street and River Road. On arrival, emergency responders found the propane truck had rolled over an embankment after the crash.

Police and fire crews quickly established a "hot zone" near the crash so the status of the tanker's integrity could be assessed. There was no leak from the propane tanker's cargo, according to Missoula Fire Chief Mike Painter.

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TANKER ROLLOVER CLOSES HWY 16 NEAR ARDROSSAN (Canada)

December 29, 2011 Ardrossan CANADATanker and spilt oil

Highway 16 westbound at Range Road 222 is currently closed after a rollover involving a tractor tanker unit.

RCMP Cst. Wally Henry says the driver lost control of the vehicle on the entrance ramp near Ardrossan just after 2:30 p.m. Thursday, causing the contents of his tanker - believed to be used motor oil - to spill onto the highway and into the ditch. At this time, the quantity of oil is unknown.

Clean-up crews and Alberta Environment representatives are currently on scene, but the rollover isn't believed to have caused any risk or danger to the public.

The highway is expected to be closed until about 10:00 p.m., though, so motorists are advised to find alternative routes and avoid this area.

Source www.globaltvedmonton

RIO TINTO ALCAN FINED $160,000 FOR GOVE FUEL SPILL (Northern Territory)

December 8, 2011 Northern Territory

Mining company Rio Tinto Alcan has been fined $160,000 by a Northern Territory court over a petrol spill.

The company pleaded guilty to spilling 62,000 litres of unleaded petrol into the soil and groundwater at its Gove site in Arnhem Land last year.

General Manager of Gove operations, Julio Costa, says the company accepts its responsibility and is now trying to stop further environmental harm.  "(The) immediate priority is to keep the remediation plan ongoing," he said.

"All the projects we have in place and all the enablers we've put in place, and consultants working with us, are working until we are sure that all the contamination is removed from the area." Mr Costa says the spill has taught the company lessons.

"There have been a lot of improvements, not only in the standards but in the compliance and behaviours," he said.

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FUEL RECOVERY (Italy)

The Costa Concordia off ItalyThe grounding of the cruise liner The Costa Concordia certainly made the news headlines recently.

The recovery of the ships bunker fuels and other lubricants has been a complicated process and has been very capably handled by professional teams.

Updates on this article.Pumping barge ALONGSIDE THE Costa Concordia

This news article from the ISCO Newsletter (CROIERG are an associate members of the ISCO

TANKER RAMS INTO HOSPITAL WARD (Kenya)

December 22, 2011 Malba, KENYATanker crashes into hospital in Kenya

A petroleum tanker lost control and rammed into Amagoro Nursing Home in Malaba.

The tanker, which was suspected to be over speeding, crushed into the hospital ward along the Bungoma-Malaba highway just after midnight on Wednesday.

No one was injured but the crash destroyed hospital facilities estimated to be worth hundreds of thousands of shillings.  Patients who had been admitted at the facility had luckily all been discharged earlier in the day.

Bishop Zakayo Epus of the Anglican Church Katakwa Diocese said it was a miracle since the tanker did not burst into flames on impact.

The police suspect that the driver had fallen asleep or was drunk since the road was very clear at the time of the accident.

The driver and his conductor ran away as they feared attacks from angry residents who said Amagoro Nursing Home was their most reliable hospital in the area.

"How can a driver leave the road that is clear and run into a hospital ward? We need the driver to explain to us what happened before we conclude it to be another terror attempt. What if the patients were in?" asked Peter Odikor, a resident.

This accident happened against a backdrop of the absence of fire engines in the whole of Busia County. Despite the county being a transit point for large fuel tankers crossing over to Uganda, Malaba Town Council does not have a single fire engine.

The nearest fire brigade to Malaba is about 130 kilometers away in Eldoret, a distance that can take over two hours to cover.

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TWO TANKERS BLOW UP AT RAWALPINDI DEPOT (Pakistan)

December 9, 20121 Rawalpindi Pakistan

Tanker on fire at Pakistan oil depot

Tanker on fire at Pakistan oil depot

Benazir international airport in Rawalpindi early Friday morning, Express News reported. No casualties were reported.

An eye witness said that two oil tankers were exiting the oil depot, located near the airport, after topping up when one of the tankers experienced a problem with its air locks. As its driver tried to remove the obstacle, some sparks flew.

Shortly thereafter the two tankers blew up with a loud explosion.

Emergency teams from Islamabad and Rawalpindi and the armed forces have reached the spot and managed to put out the resultant fire. They are currently working to prevent any further fires from erupting at the depot.

DSP Civil Lines Naveed Tariq said that there were no casualties in the blast, the crew of the two tankers were safe. He added that the depot contains petrol, diesel and flammable oils. He also confirmed that a spark from the air lock first caused a large fire ball with a blast soon thereafter.

Eye witnesses say emergency services brought in two dump trucks full of sand to cover the spilt oil to prevent the spread of fire.

Source www.tribune.com.pk

MESSY CLAIM: $1 MILLION MAY NOT BE ENOUGH TO PAY CLAIMS IN PA. TURNPIKE TANKER SPILL (Pennsylvania)

December 26, 2011 Pennsylvania USA

In many ways, the mess from a November tanker spill on the Pennsylvania Turnpike is still being cleaned up and it appears it is becoming increasingly more expensive.

The Associated Press reports the insurer of the company blamed for the spill says its $1 million policy may not be enough to cover the nearly 1,000 claims for damaged vehicles. The AP says the concern was raised in court filings.

The tanker spilled asphalt flux material over 40 miles of the eastbound portion of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The goo, as it has been described, damaged engines and other parts of cars that drove through it.
The November 22 incident was caused by a leaking valve on the tanker, according to the Associated Press.

Source www.newsworks.org

TWO TRUCK CRASH CLOSES ROADS (West Australia)

February 12, 2012 West Australia

West Australian incident

West Australian  incident

Great Northern Highway was closed for more than 15 hours after a road train transporting hazardous materials rolled near Meekatharra on Friday night.

A police spokesman said the truck carrying 30 tonnes of Ammonium Nitrate had rolled about 11.10pm.
An exclusion zone was set up around the crash site after Ammonium Nitrate began to leak from the truck. M The road was reopened at 4.30pm on Saturday.

Kewdale Road was closed for more than an hour this afternoon after two trucks collided spilling fuel.
A police spokesman said the trucks collided in the southbound lanes of Kewdale Road near the intersection with Abernethy Road about 12.25pm.

One of the trucks was a fuel tanker and the collision caused it to begin to leak fuel on to the road.

Police and FESA officers attended the scene and cleaned up the road before it was reopened about 1:50pm

Source au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/wa

FIRE DESTROYS TANKER AT K.C.TRUCK STOP (Missouri)

January 1, 2012 Kingdom City Missouri USA

Burnt out tanker with hole in barrel

Burnt out tanker with hole in barrel

About 15 firemen from North Callaway and Central fire protection districts battled a gasoline tanker truck fire for about one hour Wednesday afternoon at the Petro Truck Stop in Kingdom City.

"We were lucky the gasoline tanker was empty instead of being full. But it still created a lot of fire and smoke that could be seen several miles away," said Ronnie Huff of the Central Fire Protection District.
Sterling Mitchell of the North Callaway Fire Protection District said a rubber tire under the tanker caught fire and burned a hole in the empty gasoline transport tank.

The fire was reported at 12:36 p.m. Wednesday. Huff said when firemen arrived they assumed the tanker truck parked about 75 yards from the Iron Skillet restaurant at the Petro truck stop was full of gasoline.

Source www.fultonsun.com/news

BUS CRASH LEAVES 8 DEAD IN MAKINDU (Kenya)

December 18, 2011 Nairobi, Kenya

Eight people, including a child, died early Sunday morning after their Akamba bus collided with a tanker ferrying paraffin near Makindu.

The bus was bound for Mombasa while the truck was heading towards Nairobi when they collided between Masimba and Kiboko, about 30 kilometers from Makindu Town.

Briefing the reporters in the area, Makindu Divisional Police boss Sarah Duncan said the Akamba bus driver survived the accident and told police that the truck had veered onto the Mombasa bound lane
The driver is said to have seen the tanker when it was too late to steer the bus from the path of the oncoming lorry and the impact ripped off an entire side of the bus.

The police boss said five people who include one child were injured and rshed to the Makindu District Hospital. Meanwhile, the truck driver and his loader have fled the scene as police have cordoned off the area following spillage of paraffin.

Source www.capitalfm.co.ke

THREE FREIGHT TRAINS CRASH IN FIERY MESS (Indiana)

January 6, 2012 Jackson Township, Indiana USATrain wreckage in Indiana

Federal officials are investigating just what caused three freight trains to crash northeast of Valparaiso, sending a thick cloud of black smoke into the air and forcing residents from their homes.

At 1:18 p.m. Friday, Porter County sheriff's police were called to the area of County Road 600 North and County Road 500 East, where they found the flaming wreckage of three CSX freight trains just north of the intersection.

"They were one on top of each other," Sgt. Larry LaFlower said of the tankers and freight cars the locomotives were hauling.

LaFlower said investigators believe a westbound train was stopped on the tracks for an unknown reason and was rear-ended by a second westbound train. The impact caused both trains to derail, and diesel fuel from the second locomotive reportedly set the wreckage of both trains on fire.

A third train, heading west on the adjacent track, was unable to stop and struck the wreckage, further adding to the fiery mess.

LaFlower said two crew members in the second train suffered nonlife-threatening injuries and were taken to Porter hospital in Valparaiso.

The wreckage sent skyward thick plumes of black smoke that were visible for more than three miles. With some of the toppled tankers known to haul ethanol, police evacuated between 50 and 150 homes in a one-mile radius.

In a statement, CSX Corp. officials said the crash involved three cars with flammable products and a number of empty hazardous materials cars. Friday night, they said no significant hazardous materials leaks or spills were reported and inspections of all loaded and empty hazardous materials cars were being conducted. "If they had been full, we'd be telling a (different) story," LaFlower said.

View a video of this incident.

Source www.nwitimes.com/news

FUEL TANKER CRASHES ON I-275 IN TAMPA (Florida)

January 7, 2011 Tamps Florida USATampa tanker incident

A tanker-trailer carrying a load of fuel crashed early Saturday in the northbound lanes of Interstate 275 in Tampa.

Fortunately the driver was not injured but the roadway was partially closed for a couple hours following the 6 am incident.

According to a Florida Highway Patrol the driver lost control of the truck when the front right tire separated from the rim.

Witnesses reported seeing liquid leaking from the vehicle after it left the roadway onto the shoulder just north of the Lois Ave. exit ramp.

Source www.myfoxtampabay.com

SPILL HAD A 12-HOUR HEAD START (New Jersey)

February 20, 2011 New Jersey USA

Spilt fuel from storage tanks

Spilt fuel from storage tanks

Dozens of concerned citizens, township Environmental Commission members and town officials gathered at the municipal building’s council chambers on Thursday night to discuss the spill of 26,000 gallons of diesel fuel into Grenloch Lake, Blackwood Lake and surrounding waterways.

Much of the focus was directed at the NJ Transit officials in attendance, as they explained the source, timeline and reasons for the spill.

Representatives from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection were also in attendance to explain the procedures for the cleanup and environmental impact.

NJ Transit officials attributed the spill to a burst gasket on the two 20,000-gallon fuel tanks located in front of their facility on Route 42. During the meeting, they revealed that the gasket actually burst at around 8 p.m. on Wednesday night, a full 12 hours before the Washington Township Fire Department was on the scene to contain the spills already noticeable in Grenloch Lake.

An alarm to notify the NJ Transit facility that there was a problem with the tanks at the time of the burst gasket went unnoticed. Joyce Gallagher, vice president of NJ Transit’s bus facilities, said that the position of the alarm panel in the garage was blocked from view by the buses. It was only a visual, not audible, alarm and did not repeat. An alternate alarm is located in the foreman’s office, but it also went unnoticed and it reset automatically.

It wasn’t until 1 a.m., when workers at the garage were unable to get fuel from their pumps, that they realized there was an issue.

"They believed it was a distribution problem and moved operations to another garage," Gallagher said. At 6 a.m., the facility contacted their repair company to come investigate the problem with the pumps.

Gallagher estimated that it was between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 8 a.m. on Thursday morning that workers realized there was diesel fuel coming up through the ground.

Gallagher attributed the delay to the heavy rainfalls that hit the area the previous night and into Thursday morning.

"They couldn’t see it flowing due to the torrential rain. If it was any other day, one of the drivers would’ve seen it," Gallagher said.

While all but 1,000 gallons of the tanks were emptied, flowing above ground, downstream paths into the waterways, there was no noticeable odour in the NJ Transit facility at that time.

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TRUCKIES REELING AFTER CRASH (Queensland)

February 15, 2012 Ilbibie, Queensland

Queensland B-Double Tanker and Truck Crash

Queensland B-Double Tanker and Truck Crash

A brotherhood of truckers shared coffee and breakfast at a Bakers Creek roadhouse Wednesday morning. Less than an hour later one of them was dead.

Seasoned driver John Power fondly described his trucking mates as "like brothers".

He said Wednesday morning was the same as many, the truckies eating together and sharing the usual camaraderie "I had breakfast with him this morning," Mr Power said. "We had coffee together."

He said after the group enjoyed breakfast together the pair climbed into their rigs to prepare for another day at the wheel.

One by one the trucks turned onto the highway, Mr Power moments behind his fellow truckie who was driving toward disaster.

South of Ilbilbie, through heavy rain, he saw an explosion.

Screaming to all other drivers through the CB radio, he couldn't believe the carnage ahead.

"I hit the brakes that hard. My heart's still sitting on the Kenworth badge on the front of my truck."

The two trucks had collided just metres ahead. One a B-double fuel tanker heading north and the other his mate's low-loader carrying an 11-tonne ram.

The low-loader's fuel tanks ignited.

"I ran to the fuel tanker and pulled the driver out," Mr Power said. "He was shocked and stunned.

"I then took my extinguisher and started putting the fire out.

"Then we found him, deceased, in the prime mover."

A Sunshine coast-based driver who was first on the southern side of the scene said he was thankful it hadn't been him.

Still visibly shaken hours later, he said the first thing he saw was the second B-double tanker 50ft in the air.

The driver skidded his truck to a stop, the airborne fuel tanker landing 8ft from his cabin.

"The impact split the B-double in half," he said.

"I've never seen anything like it and never want to see it again."

Read more and view a video.

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