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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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LOCATION No. TYPE
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Sydney East NSW
31 Spill Response Pump Equipped
Benalla VIC 22 Spill Response
Beresfield NSW 17 Spill Response
Bordertown SA 24 Spill Response
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
Canberra ACT 30 Spill Response Pump Equipped
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
Beresfield NSW 17 Spill Response
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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August 2012

Committee Meeting July 12,  2012 at Yass NSW

The Minutes of the CROIERG Committee Meeting, held at Yass NSW on Thursday July 12th, 2012 are available for member’s perusal in the Member’s Area of the website in the CROIERG BUSINESS section

CROIERG YEAR 2012 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 18TH IN YASS NSW

Preliminary Notice of CROIERG Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday October 18th  Yass Soldiers Club

Members are advised that the CROIERG Annual General Meeting will be held at the Yass Soldiers Club, 86 Meehan Street Yass NSW on Thursday October 18th beginning at 10.30AM

AGM Meeting Notices will be distributed in due course to members

CROIERG DISTRIBUTES NEW OIL SPILL BOOKLET TO MEMBERS

Anatomy of an Oil SpillCROIERG has had an informative booklet titled "ANATOMY OF AN OIL SPILL" printed and distributed to the membership.

This booklet is a step-by-step account of an actual oil spill in Scotland and describes just how the events unfolded over the days involved

Very good learning and spill awareness material

CROIERG was given permission to publish this material by Mr. John McMurtrie Chief Executive of the International Oil Spill Organisation (ISCO), based in Scotland. Many Thanks John!

The booklet will also be used as a Training Aid in our training courses at the Transport Industries Skills Centre Training Complex in Canberra ACT

The "Anatomy of an Oil Spill" Booklet and our other publication "An Introduction to the Control of Land Oil Spills" are both available in the Member’s Area of this website.

 

 

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Tele-Conference (CROIERG/NBTA/TISC) held on July 19th re Emergency Responder

A tele-conference was held on Thursday July 19thbetween representatives from CROIERG/TISC/NBTA to discuss the finalisation of matters in relation to the emergency responder recognition card and other matters relating to the training courses.

There is no doubt that these teleconferences are a cost effective way for our industry organisations to communicate

Final agreement was reached on the format of:

  1. The Code of Conduct, and
  2. The Application Form
  3. The Responder Card design and layout

Negotiations will now be finalised with the organisation chosen to produce the cards and operate the card administration process.

A Draft version opf the Code of Conduct is available to members in the Member’s Area of the website

The target date for launching the card process is Thursday September 6that the NBTA/AFAC Emergency Response Day in Melbourne

See article below for particulars of the NBTA/AFAC Emergency Response Day and a list of speakers and topics

CROIERG and TISC will both have presenters in CROIERG Chairman Paul Pulver of Ron Finemore Transport P/L and Bob Waldron CEO of the Canberra based Transport Industries Skills Centre

NBTA BULK TANKER EMERGENCY RESPONSE DAY TO BE HELD IN MELBOURNE ON THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 6TH2012

NBTA Logo The National Bulk Tanker Association will be holding their annual Bulk Tanker Emergency Response Day in Melbourne (Vic) on Thursday September 6th2012 at the Melbourne Park Function Centre

CROIERG Chairman Paul Pulver of Ron Finemore Transport and TISC CEO Bob Waldron will be two of presenters, with particular emphasis on the Training Courses and the CROIERG spill response trailer network

CROIERG will be displaying their latest version of the trailer fleet at the emergency response day

The draft agenda is:

AGENDA

8.30am

Opening Address

Naomi Brown, CEO, AFAC

Justin Keast, Chairman, NBTA

9am

What the numbers tell us

Tanker statistics

Accidents

Paul Considine, AFAC

Grant Stillman, OAMPS Insurance

9.45am

Case law - learning from the Coroner

Jane Hendtlass, Coroner,

State Coroner Victoria

10.30am

Morning tea


11am

Major accident investigations - key lessons from too many accidents

Jeff Smith, OIC, Major Collision Investigation Unit, Victoria Police

11.45am

Incidents and analysis

Experience from around Australia

Alex Buckle, Senior Project Manager, WorkSafe Victoria

Christopher Burt, Senior Hazmat Advisor, EPA NSW

12.30pm

Lunch in foyer


1.30pm

The changing industry structure

Industry structure

Who moves what and how

Workforce profile

Cameron Dunn, CEO, FBT TransWest

Cameron Baker, GM Skills, TLISC

2.15pm

Working together

Training

Emergency Responder Card

Emergency Response Trailers

Bob Waldron, Chief Executive, TISC

Scott Williams, CEO, FPAA

Paul Pulver, Chairman, CROIERG

3pm

Sharing lessons and improving outcomes

Sharing the lessons

Measuring the progress

Where to from here

Invited panel

3.50pm

Closing Remarks

Naomi Brown, CEO, AFAC

Justin Keast, Chairman, NBTA

4pm

Afternoon tea and close


For details contact

Rob Perkins

Executive Director, NATIONAL BULK TANKER ASSOCIATION

Postal: PO Box 2230 Hawthorn LPO 3122

Phone: 03 9818 7899 Mobile 0411 402 832

Emailrobperkins@nbta.com.au

Or at the NBTA websitewww.nbta.com.au

EMERGENCY RESPONDER TRAINING COURSES

The CROIERG/NBTA Training Courses and a schedule of applicable dates are listed below: -

CROIERG / NBTA TRAINING COURSE DATES (2012)

Stage 1 - MANAGERS

Stage 2 - RESPONDERS


1-3rdAugust 2012 (Fully Booked)

17-19thSeptember 2012

3-5thOctober 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 2620Phone: (02) 6297 7187

Email: TrishMooney@SRDTC.com

TRAINING COURSES INFORMATION

  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]

INFORMATION ON ENROLMENTS AND ACCOMMODATION

  1. Emergency response course enrolment form [pdf]
  2. Accommodation form [pdf]

    CROIERG ORDERS NEW SPILL RESPONSE TRAILERS

    CROIERG has placed an order with its trailer manufacturer (Resort Trailers P/L of Queanbeyan NSW) for the manufacture of two new spill response trailers.

    These will be made to the new specifications approved by the CROIERG Committee at their July meeting

    Both will be based in Sydney and we are at present in negotiations with potential trailer site hosts

    CROIERG TO HAVE TWO TRAILERS MODIFIED TO NEW SPEC IFICATIONS

    CROIERG has let a contract to have two existing response trailers to undergo modifications to the new specifications.

    One of these units will be located at Cooma NSW and the second one utilised as a spill response unit in the Stage 2 (Practical) Training Courses conducted at the TISC Sutton Road complex.

    GAS TRUCK CRASH IN CHINA SPARKS FIRE, KILLS 20 (China)

    June 29, 2012 Beijing China

    A fuel tanker has crashed into a truck and caused a massive explosion, killing 20 people and injuring 14 in southern China.

    The tanker, which was loaded with 40 tons of fuel, ignited a huge fire after the crash on an expressway in Guangzhou city, according to the official Xinhua News Agency.

    The fire blazed over an area of 2,000 square-meters, igniting several other vehicles and eventually spreading to a nearby timber mill and work sheds. The victims of the accident included factory workmen engulfed in the blaze.

    The agency cited the Guangzhou city's Internet information office, while local CCTV news footage showed that the fire had been extinguished.

    According to state media, poor road conditions and poor driving habits lead to accidents claiming around 70,000 deaths a year and cause 300,000 injuries

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    STRATEGIC FRAMEWORK REVIEW OF THE REGULATION OF LAND TRANSPORT OF DANGEROUS GOODS (NTC Melbourne) - OPTIONS PAPER

    CROIERG Members may find the following of interest?

    The National Transport Commission (NTC) is conducting a review to determine the most effective framework for regulating the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail.

    Land transport of dangerous goods in Australia is governed by well-established laws and regulatory arrangements. The framework is based on international model regulations, which are modified to reflect Australian requirements; agreed by the Ministerial Council; implemented in state and territory laws; and mostly administered by non-transport agencies.

    The National Transport Commission is reviewing the strategic framework as it applies to land transport. In this options paper, the Commission makes draft recommendations to improve the laws and system.

    Under the current system, eight state and territory regulators administer the laws for the land transport of dangerous goods. These regulators make decisions on applications by proponents for approvals and exemptions.

    This review has not focused on the decisions these regulators make but on the process for making decisions. As the Commission makes clear in this paper, there are review processes available under state and territory laws that proponents can use if they wish to contest the decisions made by regulators.

    This options paper is open to interested organisations and individuals to provide comment and feedback until 31 August 2012.

    The Commission will consider submissions when developing its final recommendations for the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure.

    View the paper. [PDF, 7 MB]

    TRUCK LOSES BITUMEN DOWN THE DRAIN (QLD)

    A truck has overturned on the Gold Coast spilling 2,000 litres of bitumen into a drain.

    The crash happened at Helensvale just before 12:00pm (AEST).

    Crews from the Department of Environment and Resource Management (DERM) are at the scene.

    Source www.abc.net.au

    CLEAN-UP UNDERWAY OF DIESEL FUEL SPILL IN VICTORIAVILLE (Canada)

    July 2, 2012 Montreal Canada

    Boom in place

    Boom in place

    Crews were still working Monday to clean up as much as 8,000 litres of diesel fuel that spilled into the Nicolet River in Victoriaville, about 160 kilometres northeast of Montreal, on Sunday.

    A broken pump on the premises of Excavation Yvon Houle, a Victoriaville firm, caused the fuel to spill on land and into a storm drain which led to the river, Marcel Binet, of the Quebec Environment Department, told The Gazette.

    The spill started Sunday about 1 p.m. and environment officials were notified about 4 p.m., he added.

    Teams worked Sunday and all night to collect fuel from within booms installed on the river to limit the spread of the toxic fuel. Other teams worked on land to remove fuel-soaked earth, Binet said.

    The tank from which the fuel spilled has a capacity for 12,000 litres and Binet said officials estimate the fuel that leaked out was between 7,000 and 8,000 litres.

    Source montrealgazette.com

    'I THOUGHT IT WAS AN ATOMIC BOMB': EXPLODING TRAIN FORCES RESIDENTS TO FLEE (Ohio)

    July 12, 2912 Columbus, Ohio USA

    Flames from ethanol rail tank cars in Ohio

    Flames from ethanol rail tank cars in Ohio

    Aerial view of derailed rail tank cars

    Aerial view of derailed rail tank cars

    A dramatic train derailment that caused freight cars full of ethanol to explode in the US state of Ohio have forced the evacuation of a nearby neighbourhood, but officials say it could have been much worse.

    The National Transportation Safety Board dispatched a 10-person team to investigate the derailment on the Norfolk Southern Corp. tracks, which led to spectacular explosions and the burning of three tank cars each carrying 30,000 gallons of ethanol.

    Officials said they don't know yet what caused the accident, which occurred at around 2 am in an industrial area near Interstate 71, north of downtown. The explosions were felt for blocks and sent flames shooting high in the air.

    Two people were injured while walking on the tracks to investigate when a second explosion occurred. Officials said they went to the hospital themselves with minor injuries.

    Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, who later visited a temporary Red Cross shelter set up for evacuees, said the accident could have been worse if it had occurred in an area where more people lived.

    "I'm grateful, in one respect as well, that this did not occur in a more populated area near more residents," he said. "It very well could have. A mile up or a mile south. North or south, east or west. It could have been tragic in other ways as well."

    Assistant Chief David Whiting of the Columbus fire division said it was fortunate the accident occurred in the middle of the night.

    "The time it occurred, where it occurred, were very good things for us," Whiting said. "Because we didn't have a whole lot of people around, businesses were closed, we were able to take care of getting our firefighters back and evacuating a small number of people."

    About 100 residents who live within a one-mile radius of the derailment were evacuated by firefighters, who decided to let the fire burn itself out, according to Whiting. Officials said the burning ethanol, an alcohol compound commonly used in fuel, posed no environmental or health concerns. Residents were back in their homes by mid-afternoon

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    Source bbc.co.uk

    SHELL TRAINS OIL SPILL RESPONDERS IN ALASKA

    This article was sourced from the International Spill Control’s (ISCO) Newsletter. : CROIERG is an associate member of the ISCO

    June 25, 2012 Valdez ALASKA

    Against the backdrop of Alaska’s snow-topped Chugach Mountains and in the same waters that were spoiled by the Exxon Valdez oil spill more than two decades ago, Shell Oil Co. has been training recruits in skills it hopes they never have to use.

    Training in Alaska

    Training in Alaska

    Bit cold training in Alaska

    Bit cold training in Alaska

    A boom exercise in Alaska

    A boom exercise in Alaska

    The company has put scores of people through oil spill response training in the Valdez port, ahead of expected drilling in Arctic waters north of Alaska. If regulators approve the plans, Shell anticipates drilling up to five wells in the Beaufort and Chukchi seas this summer.

    The company’s recruits - mostly men and mostly longtime Alaskans - spent weeks learning how to deploy inflatable booms to corral floating crude and then suck it up with skimmers. They practiced on the same ships that Shell plans to station around its drilling operations in case something goes wrong.

    Steven O’Connor, an Inupiat who lives in Anchorage, said he signed up for the job to protect the environment and wildlife valued by his family.

    "It’s my backyard," O’Connor said, noting that his family is from Barrow, the northernmost point in Alaska, near Shell’s proposed drilling. "I go fishing and hunting everywhere," O’Connor said. "I want to make sure it stays clean."

    Shell’s flotilla includes the Nanuq and Aiviq, two ice-class oil recovery and supply ships that will carry six smaller oil spill response boats on board. There also are barges and tugboats to push them along. The vessels are outfitted with equipment for tackling floating oil in an emergency - down to the Tyvek suits that responders would wear while handling the crude.

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    100 PEOPLE DEAD AFTER NIGERIAN TANKER FIRE

    July 13, 2012 NIGERIA

    Nigerian tanker crash and fire

    Nigerian tanker crash and fire

    Fireman at tanker scene in Nigeria

    Fireman at tanker scene in Nigeria

    Smouldering tanker remains

    Smouldering tanker remains

    More than 100 people who went to scoop up oil from an overturned tanker in Nigeria have been burned to death after the vehicle caught fire, according to officials.

    About 50 people suffered severe burns.

    "Early this morning a tanker loaded with petrol fell in Okogbe and people trooped to the scene obviously to scoop the spilled fuel and suddenly there was fire resulting in casualties," Rivers State police spokesman Ben Ugwuegbulam confirmed.

    Hundreds of people crowded around as soldiers and emergency workers lifted bodies into ambulances and police trucks.

    The fuel tanker was a pile of smouldering ash, twisted metal and melting tyres.

    Crashes are common on Nigeria's pot-holed and poorly maintained roads, and in a region where most people live on less than $2 a day, the chance to collect spilling petrol is too much of a temptation, despite the high risk of fires.

    The east-west road, which runs across the oil-producing region, has been scheduled for development for almost a decade and money is allocated for it in the budget each year.

    Nigeria, Africa's biggest oil producer, is plagued by corruption and inefficiency. Most years only about half of budgeted programmes are implemented.

    Source abc.net.au

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    UNKNOWN NUMBER OF CASUALTIES AS FUEL TANKERS EXPLODE IN RIVERS STATE (Nigeria)

    July 20, 2012 Trans Amadi Nigeria

    An unknown number of people are feared dead after a fuel tanker exploded at the Abuloma waterfron in Trans Amadi, Port Harcourt, reports have said. The fuel tanker caught fire at about 9:45 a.m., the News Agency of Nigeria reports, but officials are yet to ascertain the number of casualties in the tragic accident.

    Rivers State sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Dr. Kayode Olagunju, confirmed the incident, but said the fire was restricted to the water area.

    An official of the National Emergency Agency in the state, Mr. Umesi Emenike, also told reporters that the cause of the fire accident is still unknown, but assured that firefighters were at the scene promptly.

    Meanwhile another fuel tanker accident occurred also on Friday in Eneka in Obio/Akpor, the news agency reported.

    On the Eneka incident, Emenike said, "The tankers are still burning and no casualty has been confirmed. The cause of the fire is still unknown and we are at the scene monitoring the situation of things

    Source pilotafrica.com

    U.S. 250 OPEN AFTER TANKER ACCIDENT (West Virginia)

    July 9, 2012 Wheeling West Virginia USA

    Propane tanker crashes into barnU.S. 250 in between Fork Ridge Road and Route 88 in Marshall County is now open after a propane tanker truck heading north overturned, crashed into a barn and spilled its diesel fuel just before Noon Saturday.

    The Marshall County Sheriff's Office reopened the road at 9 p.m. Saturday.

    Fire crews evacuated the area, and were able to contain the diesel spill.

    Fortunately, propane did not leak from the truck.

    The driver was sent to a nearby hospital with unknown injuries. Authorities said no one was inside the barn at the time of the accident.

    Crews also faced the extreme temperatures during the clean-up process.

    "We got a lot of people from the fire department and civilians bringing us ice and water and fluids," said Fire Chief Richard Earnest of the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department. "We have the Salvation Army canteen truck coming to help alleviate some of the problems."

    Authorities said the cause of the accident is being investigated.

    Both Limestone and Cameron Volunteer Fire Departments, the Marshall County Emergency Management Agency, West Virginia Department of Highways, West Virginia State Police and the Marshall County Sheriff's Office were all on scene.

    Source wtrf.com

    OIL WORTH TK 53 LAKH SPILLS ON GROUND AS TRAIN DERAILS IN CHANDPUR (Bangladesh)

    July 16, 2012 Chandpur, Bangladesh

    Bangladesh rail tankers on their sideOil worth about Tk 53.46 lakh of the state-owned Jamuna Oil Company Ltd spilled on ground near Chitoshi Railway Station in Chandpur as four tankers of an oil-laden train derailed on Sunday.

    Nearly 90 thousand litres of oil spilled on ground as the Chandpur-bound train with 28 oil tankers coming from Chittagong skidded off the track around 5:10pm on Chandpur-Laksham route, report our Chandpur correspondent.

    Badrul Alam, deputy manager of Jamuna Oil Company, informed that 17,500 litre of octane, 16,800 litre of kerosene and 46,500 litre of diesel have been spilled on the ground from the four tankers.

    The company will investigate into the matter, he added.

    Meanwhile, local people with bottles, pots and buckets rushed to the scene to collect oil since Monday morning. There was no report of casualties in the accident.

    Train services resumed at 4:40pm between Chandpur to Laksham and Chandpur to Chittagong and Sylhet after a 24-hour brake.

    Tapon Kumar Mitra, station master of Chitoshi Railway Station, informed that rescue trains reached the spot and started operation at around 7:00pm Sunday to salvage all the derailed carriages.

    Comilla region railways Assistant Engineer Liyakat Ali told The Daily Star, a 4-member committee led by railways Chittagong Divisional Transport Officer Jakir Hossain has been formed to investigate into the accident.

    Source thedailystar.net

    LIGHTNING BLAMED FOR DEADLY OIL TANKER FIRE (Malaysia)

    July 26, 2012 Labuan MALAYSIA

    A Malaysian tanker has exploded as it was being loaded with methanol leaving one crew member dead and four missing, police said, blaming a bolt of lightning.

    The accident happened at a methanol terminal run by national energy firm Petronas on the South China Sea island of Labuan, off Borneo, said the ship's operating company MISC.

    Three loud blasts rocked the island today and the 38,000-tonne Bunga Alpinia was left about "80 per cent destroyed", Labuan police chief Saiman Kasran said. "There was heavy rain and lightning at that time," he said.

    "We presume the fire was caused by a lightning strike. We found one body and four crew members are missing."

    Source abc.net.au

    BUNCEFIELD INVESTIGATION - LIQUID FLOW AND VAPOUR PRODUCTION (UK)

    Members may find this latest report from the U.K’s Health & Safety Executive on the Buncefield depot fire of interest?

    This report on the liquid flow from the overfilled tank leading to the formation of flammable vapour in the Buncefield Incident was prepared for the HSE incident investigation. The purpose of the work was to provide a connection between the loss of containment and the formation of a flammable vapour cloud. Practical and numerical investigations have demonstrated that the bulk of fuel vaporisation and entrainment of air occurred during the cascading of fuel from the top of the tank into the bund.

    The work involved the construction of a full scale replica of a section of top of the tank involved at Buncefield and also a full height section of the tank wall. Liquid flow experiments were carried out. The overall liquid flow results in a relatively fine spray, with droplets a few millimetres in diameter.

    Numerical analysis of heat, mass and momentum transfer (between droplets in the fuel cascade and the air that surrounds them) has shown that the fuel cascade drives a significant downward flow of air. The air is contaminated by high concentrations of light hydrocarbons and is cooled. Final temperatures and concentrations within liquid and vapour are likely to be very close to equilibrium values.

    This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

    View the full report.

    Source www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrhtm/rr936.htm

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