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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
Banksmeadow
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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September 2013

THE KIWIS ARE COMING

The CROIERG training contractors Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) have reNZ HAKAceived course bookings for our combined five-day Managers and Responders Training Courses starting, at the TISC Training Complex in Canberra on September 9th from New Zealand

We will have three representatives from the Land of the All Blacks "Across the Ditch" (as they say) and will extend them a good Aussie welcome

Very pleasing to see this interest in our nationally accredited training courses

IMPORTANT NOTICE: CROIERG YEAR 2013 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING TO BE HELD ON THURSDAY OCTOBER 31ST AT THE TISC TRAINING COMPLEX IN CANBERRA ACT

CROIERG Members are advised that the CROIERG YEAR 2013 ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on Thursday October 31st (Starting at 10.30AM) AT THE Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC) 441 Sutton Road MAJURA (Canberra) ACT

The opportunity will be taken to provide an inspection of the CROIERG Canberra Store Area and Equipment

All members will be advised via Australia Post and Email

CROIERG Chairman Paul Pulver, of Ron Finemore Transport, requests that all members make a special effort to have company representatives attend the AGM and participate in discussions on the future directions of the group

COMMITTEE MEETING HELD AT YASS (NSW) AUGUST 15TH

The CROIERG Committee met at 64 Rossi Street Yass NSW on Thursday August 15th 2013

Minutes of the meeting are available for member’s perusal in the Member’s Area of this website in the CROIERG Business Section (L/H Menu)

CROIERG CUTAWAY TANKER UPGRADE

The CROIERG cutaway trailer has recently been upgraded by LIQUIP INTERNATIONAL at their LIQUIP LogoSmithfield (Sydney) NSW workshops and re-fitted with the latest in valving and other tanker equipment

The generosity of LIQUIP INTERNATION in performing this work is very much appreciated. Especially the liaison provided by Joel Cork Business Development Rep. Equipment Division LIQUIP Sydney

Cutaway Tanker before the upgrade

Cutaway Tanker before the upgrade

TRANSPORT OF DANGEROUS GOODS CODE TO BE UPDATED WITH INTERNATIONAL BEST PRACTICE

The attention of members is drawn to this announcement from the National Transport Commission, especially in regard to Transport Documentation and Emergency Plans

August 6, 2013

The laws governing the transport of dangerous goods such as chemicals on road and rail will be updated in line with the latest international guidelines, in a package of proposed amendments released by the National Transport Commission (NTC) for public consultation today.

NTC Chief Executive and Commissioner, Mr Paul Retter AM said that dangerous goods comprise 8%* of total freight transported by road and rail in Australia.

"Dangerous goods can present an acute risk to life, health, property and the environment, especially when being transported," said Mr Retter. "The changes we have proposed will ensure that dangerous goods continue to be safely and efficiently transported in Australia."

Some of the changes proposed in the package include:

  • Updating markings and labels to be consistent with regulations for air and sea transport;
  • Improving certainty for business by incorporating approved exemptions into law;
  • A clear requirement for prime contractors and drivers to carry transport documents and emergency information so that they are easily locatable in the event of an emergency; and
  • Introducing the requirement for prepared emergency plans to be followed in an emergency situation.

The Australian Dangerous Goods Code 7th Edition (ADG7) regulates the transport of dangerous goods by road and rail.

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EXPLANATION OF TRANSPORT OF DANGEROUS GOODS LAWS AMENDMENT PACKAGE NO.2 AUGUST 2013

Explanation of Transport of Dangerous Goods Laws Amendment Package No.2 August 2013 (997Kb)

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REPORT OUTLINE

Title: Explanation of Transport of Dangerous Goods Laws

Amendment Package No. 2

Type of report: Explanation of proposed amendments to Transport of Dangerous Goods Laws

Purpose: For public consultation

Abstract: An explanation of proposed amendments to the Transport of Dangerous Goods Laws. The proposed changes incorporate amendments from the 16th and 17th editions of UN Model Regulations and the regular

NTC maintenance process. They are expected to remove current inconsistencies with air and sea transportation and to improve the clarity of existing legislative requirements.

Submission details: Submissions will be accepted until Monday 2nd September 2013 online at www.ntc.gov.au or by mail to:

Att: Dangerous Goods Laws Amendment Package No. 2

National Transport Commission

L15/628 Bourke Street

MELBOURNE VIC 3000

Key milestones: Public consultation period: 5 August 2013

34% VEHICLE PROHIBITION RATE FOR 2012/13 - IMPLICATIONS OF OPERATOR COMPLIANCE RISK SCORE (OCRS) UK

The vast majority of hazardous goods carriers in the UK will be well aware of the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) requirements for road transport and their UK implementation* (in the form of the Carriage of Dangerous Goods and Use of Transportable Pressure Equipment Regulations 2009 as amended (CDG 2009)).

These regulations describe the conditions within which dangerous goods may be carried by road, including the manner in which such goods must be packaged and labelled, and the characteristics of the vehicle they are carried in.

Various bodies enforce the regulations and publish details of instances where carriers have failed to meet the strictly prescribed conditions. The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) publishes statistics showing the number of items found worthy of a prohibition. Details for 2012/13 are shown below.

TANKER PROBLEMS GRAPHIC

TANKER PROBLEMS GRAPHIC

Experienced practitioners will not be surprised to see so many prohibitions for fire extinguishers – common problems encountered include being empty, broken, degraded, hard to find or absent altogether. More surprising, perhaps, is the high number of vehicles being prohibited for a variety of other issues. It is true that the most cautious and responsible hauliers can minimise the number of vehicles being prohibited.

However, VOSA reports that of roadside vehicle checks made on UK vehicles in 2012, a staggering 34% resulted in a prohibition notice being issued.

Prohibitions have long been a problem for hauliers – they can be costly and lead to delayed deliveries and loss of customer confidence. However, the relatively new OCRS now also affects every haulier holding a GB operating licence. Data from roadside tests consider a variety of factors or defects to produce a risk score, which then helps VOSA to judge which vehicles to check at a later date. Operators scoring poorly are more likely to be stopped again.

While the implications of a poor score can be worrying, this is good news for responsible hauliers who want to go about their activities without impediment and corner-cutting competitors undermining their business. However, it heightens the need to be aware of agency powers and invest in training, services and equipment, thus ensuring compliance.

Source ncec-e-news.com/DA4-1Q4QD-D91Q2V7A22/cr.aspx

TRAINING COURSES

TRAINING COURSE DATES FOR 2013

COURSE

2013

MANAGERS COURSE

(3 Day Course)

September 17th to 19th 2013

MANAGER’S & RESPONDER’S

Combined Course

(5-Day Course)

September 9th to 13th 2013

FULLY BOOKED

Note: The above course is the first to be conducted under the new combined course format by TISC

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ALL TRAINING COURSE BOOKINGS & ENQUIRIES SHOULD BE MADE TO:

Trish Mooney. Business Administration Manager
Transport Industry Skills Centre (TISC) 441 Sutton Road, Canberra ACT

TISC PO Box 6074 Queanbeyan NSW 2620

(02) 6297 7187

Email TrishMooney@SRDTC.com

TRAINING COURSES INFORMATION

The TISC Training Complex is located at:

441 Sutton Road. Majura ACT

  • MANAGERS COURSE: Course in Fuel Transportation Emergency Planning and Response
  • RESPONDERS COURSE: "Course in Dangerous Goods Road Transport Emergency Recovery Operations".

For detailed information on the two programs go to the link below:
Emergency Response Program Information [pdf]

TRAINING COURSE COSTS

Managers Course

$1,800

Responders Course

$2,100 + $88 for Responder Card

Combined Manager & Responder Course/s (5-Day)

$3,300 + $88 for Responder Card

EMERGENCY RESPONSE DAY (VTA Freight Week)

Session coordinated by the National Bulk Tanker Association (Rob Perkins CEO) NBTA logo

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 5TH 2013

MELBOURNE PARK FUNCTION CENTRE

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE DAY PROGRAM

08.30am

Welcome address

Justin Keast, Chairman, NBTA
Stuart Ellis AM, CEO, AFAC

08.45am

The year in review - Incidents and outcomes

Grant Stillman, OAMPS Insurance Brokers

09.15am

Tanker Inspections - The lessons so far

Alex Buckle, Senior Project Manager, WorkSafe Victoria

09.45am

Fitness for duty - Are we up to the task?

Doreen Linehan, National Services Manager, Work Options

11.00am

Prevention is better than cure - What can be done?

  • Technologies

     

  • Training

     

  • Regulations

     

  • Dr Peter Hart, CEO, Hartwood

     

  • Haydn Bowbyes, MD, IVCS Australasia

     

  • Tony Miller, National Milk Transport Manager, Fonterra

     

  • Les Bruzsa, National Heavy Vehicle Regulator

     

01.30pm

TRAINING OUTCOMES:

  • Lessons from the first two years of emergency response training

     

  • In cab assessments

     

  • Roll over prevention training

     

  • Paul Harrison, Transport Industries Skills Centre (TISC)

     

  • Russell Greenland, TSS, VicRoads

     

  • Don Inglis, Manager, Safe Load Program

     

02.15pm

The case for ESC and roll stability technology; Response to the NSW’s Coroner’s findings

Panel of technology providers and operators

02.45pm

Lessons into practice: The year ahead - Less talk, more action

  • Gavin Freeman, Chief Officer Tasmanian Fire Service, Chairman Hazmat Committee, AFAC

     

  • Rob McNeil, Assistant Commissioner, Fire and Rescue, NSW

     

  • Chris Watt, Assistant Chief Fire Officer, MFB

     

03.25pm

Closing remarks

Justin Keast, Chairman, NBTA
Stuart Ellis AM, CEO, AFAC

 

PAUL HARRISON, Executive Office Training of TISC speaking at the Year 2012 ER Day in Melbourne

 

Paul Harrison of TISC at the Year 2012 ER Day

More information and bookings.

CROIERG EMERGENCY RESPONSE CHART

FIRST CLASS EMERGENCY REFERENCE MATERIAL


Emergency Response Chart

The ER Chart criteria was very kindly made available to CROIERG by our Canadian friends at the CPPI (Canadian Petroleum Products Institute) to whom we are very appreciative

The CROIERG ER Chart (600 x 385) is a data gathering and decision making process to aid responders in handling emergencies in a logical, methodical manner this chart is a first class emergency response operational tool!

  • Priced at $54.78 each on Corflute including GST and Postage
  • Priced at $66.95 each on AluPanel including GST and Postage
  • CORFLUTE is made from weather resistant plastic to ensure your sign can withstand the elements
  • ALUPANEL is a premium quality composite panel featuring two 0.30mm Aluminium sheets, sandwiching a Polyethylene core
  • Ideal for use on response trailers

Contact: The CROIERG Secretary PO Box 362 YASS NSW 2582

Ph Mobile 0428 627 777 Email eejoconn@bigpond.net.au

ER Chart Order Form [pdf]

Due to a special request by one organisation, TISC are running an extra 5 day Managers/Responder course on the 23rd to the 27th of September

Back due to popular demand!!!!

There are limited seats available.

The course is in two parts and provides for 2 nationally recognised qualifications. For the first 3 days managers/responders will undertake the same practical hands on training as the company responders described above. This will provide them with a sound basis for emergency response and on successful completion also provide them with the nationally recognised responders qualification and opportunity to apply for the industry emergency response card.

Armed with skills and knowledge from the responders course, the last two days of the course, managers will learn about the design, development and implementation of a  company Transport Emergency Response Plan (TERP). This part of the course will provide managers with the skills and knowledge to be confident about their companies’ ability to meet their dangerous goods legal obligations and their preparedness to respond effectively to  emergencies.

Managers will complete all assessment activities here at TISC including exercising their TERP’s rather than having to complete work based post course assessments. A qualification in emergency response management is also provided on successful completion.

For enrolment please contact TISC on 02 6297 7187 or by email office@suttonroad.com.au

RAILWAY FIRM INVOLVED IN DEADLY QUEBEC CRASH TO SHUT AS INSURANCE WILL NOT COVER DAMAGE COSTS (Canada)

August 14, 2013 Canada

Cleanup in deadly Quebec crash

Cleanup in deadly Quebec crash

The rail operator whose tanker train blew up in a Quebec town last month, killing 47 people, will be shut down because the firm does not have enough insurance to pay clean-up costs and other damages.

The Canadian transport regulator says it has ordered Montreal, Maine and Atlantic Railway's (MMA) local subsidiary to begin shutting down its operations a week after the company filed for bankruptcy protection.

The closure comes as a result of that application revealing that MMA's insurance only covered liabilities of up to $27.6 million.

The repairs and clean-up of the July 6 derailment, which destroyed parts of the town of Lac Megantic, are expected to cost more than $223 million

Read more.

RESPONSE TO ETHANOL-BASED INCIDENTS (USA)

Foam Performance Test Results

The Ethanol Emergency Response Coalition has published a testing on various foam agents against ethanol fuel fires to determine which foam types were most effective in extinguishing fires and maintaining vapor suppression.

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BLEVE INJURES 11 INCLUDING 7 FIRE-FIGHTERS (Bulgaria)

Have a good look at these two videos. Ed

This dramatic videos and news report from Don Johnston’s first class Dangerous Goods News Report

August 21, 2013

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The head of the fire-fighting department of the Bulgarian Interior Ministry, Nikolai Nikolov, said on August 15 that carelessness was the most likely cause of the gas tanker wagon explosion near the Bulgarian city of Varna.

Nikolov said that the most likely cause of the explosion was a gas leak, itself the result of a ruptured hose during the process of moving the gas from the tanker wagon into a tanker lorry. Investigators were still trying to establish what actually happened, he told reporters, as quoted by Focus news agency

Eleven people were injured in the blast, which happened at the Ezerovo railway station, about 10km west of Varna, and the fire that followed the explosion. The number included seven fire-fighters; the rest were bystanders who were working in a nearby warehouse. Two people were still in intensive care, including one man with extensive burns that covered 90 per cent of his body.

Fire fighters from Varnas thermal power plant were the first on the scene, followed by teams from the Varna fire department and the Varna Airport, Nikolov said. The fire was finally extinguished late on August 14.

Two of the victims who suffered serious burns in the Ezerovo gas tank explosion remain in intensive care, Director of the Military Medical Academy Stoyan Tonev told Nova TV. Another seven people are also still hospitalized, but are not in intensive care.

The man who suffered 90% burns is in very severe condition. A prognosis in his case would be very difficult, Tonev said adding that the other seven injured in the fire are already recovering. Doctors have already begun with their plastic operations

Source tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/DangerousGoods/message/11954

PEAK DOWNS HWY WILL REMAIN CLOSED FOR ANOTHER FIVE HOURS (QLD)

August 11 2013 Mackay QLD

Police are warning motorists that the Eton Range will be closed for at least another 5 hours following a three truck crash this morning.

Two fuel tankers and a furniture truck crashed at the bottom of the Eton Range on the Peak Downs Hwy at about 8am.

A Mackay police spokesman said thousands of litres of diesel were spilled onto the road.

"Firefighters will have equipment with them to clean it up, but we have the fuel people on the scene, so they are getting the fuel into canisters," he said.

"But you have to understand, this was two B-doubles filled with diesel although diesel isn't as flammable as petrol, it's still a concern that it is flammable."

The spokesman said it was believed the drivers of the vehicles did not sustain life threatening injuries.

Source dailymercury.com.au/news

TRUCK WAS ON THE WRONG ROAD BEFORE CRASH THAT LED TO JET FUEL SPILL (Canada)

July 29, 2013 Vancouver Canada

Tanker in Lemon Creek crash

Tanker in Lemon Creek crash

A tanker truck driver took a wrong turn and drove past two "road closed" signs before the vehicle tumbled off the road, spilling 35,000 litres of jet fuel into a creek in a remote area of British Columbia’s West Kootenay region, a Ministry of Transportation spokeswoman says.

"It is our understanding that he did not intend to travel on this road," Kate Trotter said.

The signs are in "very good condition and visible to all road users," she said in an e-mailed statement Monday.

Pictures and maps supplied by the ministry indicate several signs are posted along Lemon Creek Road, warning drivers that it is inaccessible and unmaintained.

One "road closed" sign about 700 metres before the truck fell into the river extends halfway across the gravel area, appearing to leave little room for large vehicles to squeeze past.

But Roger Nickel, the base manager for Executive Flight Centre in Revelstoke, B.C., the company that owns and operates the tanker, said drivers often go past such swing signs and find the fuel drop-off point just beyond the signs.

He added that the Ministry of Forestry said it would have someone there to meet the driver to direct him and no one showed up. Officials from that ministry declined to comment because their investigation is continuing.

Dozens of homes were evacuated Friday after the spill, and Environment Ministry officials have said dead fish were later found in Lemon Creek.

B.C.’s Environment Minister said it’s difficult to draw conclusions from "an incident that was very out of the ordinary." "Once [cleanup] is dealt with we would be moving on to look at what, if anything could have been done to prevent this with respect to the truck," Mark Polak said. "In terms of overall policy, we’d be not wise to be basing a lot of thinking on that one incident."

NDP environment critic Spencer Chandra Herbert said the spill highlights how, even with good safety protocols in place, one error can lead to devastating consequences.

"When we’re talking about mass increase of exports of dangerous cargo, whether that’s oil, gas or other materials, we can’t assume just because somebody says it’s safe it means that it is," he said. "We have to remain forever vigilant."

Read more.

AN AIRPORT EMERGENCY (QLD)

August 1, 2013 Whitsunday QLD

This article from Don Johnston’s Dangerous Goods Newsy Stuff. Ed

Emergency Training in The Whitsundays

Emergency Training in The Whitsundays

A simulated oil leak, aircraft engine explosion, passenger safety and grounding of a Virgin Australia aircraft were the key components of the Big Spill emergency exercise at the Whitsunday Coast Airport on Saturday afternoon.

The Big Spill depicted a scenario in which a refuelling aircraft's engine exploded while the fuel tanker was leaking fuel onto the airstrip.

Seven volunteers, acting as casualties, were positioned inside and around the aircraft.

Exercise director George Christianson said aerodrome reporting officer Bob Dwyer was the first response to incident, calling 000.

"The exercise is conducted in real time with a standard response time of 15 minutes for a regional airport." In the exercise, a Virgin Australia B737 had also landed and staff had to safely stop the aircraft and unload passengers safely.

The Airport Emergency Plan (AEP) must be tested in a full emergency exercise every two years. Whitsunday Coast operations manager Tony Schulz said duty of care and safety were paramount concerns for airport management.

"Comprehensive and frequently practiced airport emergency and security plans are essential to ensure that, in the event of an aircraft accident loss of life and suffering is kept to a minimum

Source whitsundaytimes.com.au/news/an-airport-emergency/1966322

DRIVER KILLED AS LORRY PLUNGES OFF OVERHEAD BRIDGE (Malaysia)

August 13, 2013 Nilai Malaysia

Tanker that plunged off overhead bridge

Tanker that plunged off overhead bridge

A tanker lorry driver was killed when he was thrown out of his vehicle as it plunged off an overhead bridge at Jalan Nilai-Pajam, KM280.7 of the North-South Expressway.

G. Perumal, 59, from Taman Pantai Mas, Port Dickson, was killed on the spot in the 3.40pm incident yesterday due to serious body injuries.

A police spokesman said Peru.mal, who was heading south, was believed to have lost control of the liquefied petroleum gas tanker, which crashed into the road divider along the side of the highway and then plunged 4m off the bridge.

Operations chief at the Nilai fire and rescue station Zainal Ahmad said the accident took place just as Perumal was returning to Port Dickson after making deliveries in Ipoh, Rawang and Kepong.

Following the crash, he said the affected stretch along Jalan Nilai-Pajam had to be closed to move the tanker lorry

Source thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2013/08/13/Driver-killed-as-lorry-plunges-off-overhead-bridge.aspx

TRUCK BURSTS INTO FLAMES IN DRAMATIC CRASH (Indiana)

August 3, 2013 Greensburg Indiana USA

Spectacular truck crash

Spectacular truck crash

A dashcam in the US has captured spectacular footage of an out-of-control semi-trailer crashing through a guard rail before exploding in flames.

The accident occurred about 1.40pm on Thursday afternoon on a highway near Greensburg, Indiana, WPTV reports. The video of the crash shows the enormous vehicle become airborne after smashing through the guardrail.

The truck then crosses at least two lanes of oncoming traffic, plunges down an embankment and explodes in flames. No other vehicles appeared to be involved in the smash.

Police said the truck driver, 30-year-old Ryan Young suffered minor facial and head injuries. His seven-year-old son who was travelling with him suffered scratches.

Mr Young told police that he crashed after swerving to avoid a car drifting into his lane.

The explosion was caused when the truck's fuel tanks ignited after striking the guardrail.

View a video.

PA. GETS $9.65M IN AID FOR TANKER FIRE REPAIRS (Pennsylvania)

The hefty cost of tanker fires

August 8, 2013 Harrisburg, Pa. USA

The U.S. Department of Transportation is sending an additional $9.65 million in emergency funding to Pennsylvania for repairs to two bridges damaged by a fiery tanker crash on Interstate 81 near Harrisburg. U.S. Senator Bob Casey announced the federal funding Wednesday.

The U.S. Department of Transportation previously awarded $2 million in emergency aid in the days after the crash May 9, when a fuel tanker overturned and burned on the ramp from Interstate 81 northbound to Route 22/322 westbound.

The fire damaged the ramp and a bridge above it that carries Route 22 eastbound into Harrisburg.

A PennDOT spokesman said this week that the Route 22 East overpass should reopen by mid-November, while work on the ramp should be completed in October.

Source abc27.com

5.6 MILLION LITRES OF OIL SPILLED IN LAC-MÉGANTIC (Canada)

Update on the Canadian train crash and fire. Ed

July 24, 2013 Montreal Canada

Tanker outside treatment plant

Tanker outside treatment plant

It might take weeks before the extent of the damage from the July 6 train derailment in Lac-Mégantic is known, but 16 days after a train carrying crude oil crashed into the heart of Lac-Mégantic, the provincial government has revealed just how much oil appears to have been spilled.

There were 7.2 million litres of light crude oil aboard the ill-fated Montreal Main & Atlantic Railway train, but Quebec's Department of Sustainable Development, Environment and Parks says about 5.63 million litres were released into the air, water and soil during the derailment.

Of the 72 tankers, which were carrying 100,000 litres each, only nine withstood the impact. Twenty tankers were completely emptied, and an additional 43 - with an estimated 670,000 residual litres of crude oil among them - were drained and moved in the cleanup efforts following the deadly explosion.

Earlier reports indicate it took first responders roughly 72 hours after the crash to plug the spilling crude and minimize damage to the nearby Chaudière River, which has its source in Lac Mégantic. Using a dam between the lake and the river, as well as a system of downstream dikes, cleanup crews slowed the flow of contaminated water and were able to pump it out.

Since the oil in the tankers was a light crude, it has been easier for cleanup crews to remove because it floats on water.

The department estimated that, as of Wednesday, 100,000 litres of oil had reached the lake, and confirmed 52,000 gallons had been removed from the river.

Read more.

DRIVER UNHARMED AFTER FUEL TANKER CATCHES FIRE IN S. LEBANON

July 18, 2013 Sidon, Lebanon

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Fire crew at Lebanon tanker fire

The driver of a fuel tanker truck escaped unharmed after his vehicle caught fire in the southern coastal city of Sidon Thursday.

Bound to the Bekaa Valley from the Zahrani power plant, driver Mohammad Qamra’s truck came to a stop under a footbridge in Sidon after a malfunction in the steering wheel forced the vehicle off the highway.

A fire then erupted in the cabin of the 30,000-litre fuel truck as a result of a short circuit.

Qamra jumped out of the vehicle just as the truck was being engulfed in flames.

Source dailystar.com.lb

BURNT TO DEATH IN FUEL TANKER CRASH (Kuwait)

August 2, 2013 Kuwait

The charred remains of an Asian expatriate were referred to Forensics as fire engulfed a tanker carrying 32,000 liters of fuel after it overturned on the King Fahad Expressway opposite Sabahiya area. Firemen extinguished the flames and removed the victim’s body from the tanker and the road was blocked to traffic until the situation was resolved.

Security sources said the Deputy Director General of Fire Affairs Brigadier Khalid Al-Mikrad had witnessed the accident and led the firefighting operation to prevent the blaze from spreading.

They explained the main tank exploded before the firefighters arrived at the scene but they managed to lift the wreck from the road and traffic was restored, while the charred remains of the driver were deposited to Forensics. High ranking fire officials were present at the scene.

Source arabtimesonline.com/NewsDetails/tabid/96/smid/414/ArticleID/198580/reftab/36/t/Asian-burnt-to-death-in-fuel-tanker-crash/Default.aspx

TANKER OVERTURNS, SPILLS FUEL ON US-192 IN KISSIMMEE (Florida)

August 5, 2013 Kissimmee Florida USA

Overturned tanker in Kissimmee

Overturned tanker in Kissimmee

U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee is back open after a tanker truck flipped onto its side in Osceola County, blocking part of the busy roadway.

US-192 was shut down Monday from Armstrong Boulevard to Hoagland Boulevard, while fire crews cleaned up.

Kissimmee Police said the tanker spilled fuel onto the roadway.

All parking lots in the area were also closed, and a nearby hotel was evacuated as a precaution. The name of the hotel was not immediately reported.

Source cfnews13.com/content/news/cfnews13

ONE DEAD IN FUEL TANKER ACCIDENT (Uganda)

July 31, 2013 Kampala Uganda

Kayabwe police in Mpigi reports one person is dead and two injured after a fuel tanker collided with a Toyota Corona at Buganga close to Katonga along Masaka road.

Mpigi police traffic boss Gamal Abdu Kadri said the driver of the Kampala-bound Toyota Corona veered from his side of the road and rammed into the fuel tanker, UAM 140V. He said beer bottles were found inside the car.

The occupants of the Corona were rushed to Nkozi hospital.

Earlier Police battled a crowd led by bodaboda riders that was eager to siphon fuel!

The Tuesday evening accident sparked fears of a repeat of a similar fatal accident late June that claimed over 38 people in Namungona on the outskirts of Kampala.

Source newvision.co.ug/news

HAVERFORDWEST TANKER CRASH SPILLED DIESEL INTO BROOK (UK)

August 20, 2013 Pembrokeshire UK

Recovery crane and tanker at spill site

Recovery crane and tanker at spill site

About 7,500 litres of diesel has spilled into a brook and drains after a petrol tanker was in a collision with a crane in Pembrokeshire on Friday.

Natural Resources Wales said it had been monitoring the brook near Merlins Bridge roundabout, Haverfordwest. A spokesperson said there was a "sheen" on the water although it was hoped long-term damage would be avoided.

No-one was hurt but a substantial amount of fuel spilled into the road. The tanker had 15,000 litres of diesel on board.

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, Pembrokeshire County Council, Natural Resources Wales and highways officials are dealing with the clean-up.

The fire service's incident commander David Hancock said: "In spite of the environmental outcome of this collision, responding agencies did all they could to mitigate the effects of the spill. "The environmental protection equipment provided by Natural Resources Wales for use in these incidents proved invaluable."

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RTA BUS COLLISION WITH TANKER TRUCK INJURES 16 PEOPLE (Florida)

July 20, 2013 Algiers Florida USA

More than a dozen public transportation passengers are recovering from injuries they suffered when their RTA bus collided with a tanker truck. The impact caused an explosion and fire.

Witnesses described the aftermath to WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter.

Evening rush slammed to a halt Wednesday on Behrman Highway in Algiers.

Literally. "I seen all the smoke from a distance," witness Danny Ellis said. "It was a big ball of smoke, black smoke," witness Paulette Rogers said. An RTA bus collided with a tanker truck.

The impact caused the front end of the 18-wheeler to catch fire; sending up plumes of smoke, which were seen miles away.

"It was a big ball of black of smoke and I saw it all the way from home depot. I thought it was the nursing home on fire," Rogers said.

Investigators say the bus was traveling east on Behrman Highway, preparing to turn left onto Behrman Place, when the truck heading southbound swerved to avoid hitting the bus.

But the truck tipped over and collided with the driver’s side of the bus.

"It looks like a garbage truck its turned on its side, onto a bus and it was huge flames toward the front of it and I heard a couple of explosions while we were standing out there," Ellis said.

The impact of the crash pushed the bus into a taxi.

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WRECKED TANKER DUMPS 4,000 GALLONS OF GAS ON LOVELAND PASS (Colorado)

August 4, 2013 Lake Dillon Colorado USA

A tanker truck that crashed on a hairpin turn on Loveland Pass Saturday night dumped at least 4,000 gallons of gasoline on Highway 6 above Arapahoe Basin Ski Area, closing the road and potentially causing serious environmental damage, Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue officials said Sunday.

"It’s bad," LDFR spokesman Steve Lipsher said. "There is a lot of fuel spilled and certainly the environmental repercussions could be long lasting."

The truck, a Solar Transportation vehicle that was hauling diesel and unleaded fuel into Summit County, tipped over, rolled onto its right side at approximately 8:15 p.m. Saturday as it rounded a switchback and ruptured, sending a cascade of unleaded gasoline down Highway 6 that officials said was 3 or 4 inches deep in places.

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SIGNWRITING FUEL TANKERS (Qatar)

A new fuel tanker arrives on location in Qatar.

The newly appointed Australian Manager tells the Qatari supervisor to ensure that the tanker is clearly labeled: Diesel Fuel in Arabic and No Smoking in Arabic.

This is what he got This is for real!!!!

WILL NOT BE SEEN ON ALJAZEERA You better believe it, not a joke!!!!

Tanker in Qatar

Tanker in Qatar

Many thanks to Margaret Taylor. Workplace Relations Advisor at ACAPMA for this item. Ed

200 FUEL TANKERS TO SERVE IDUL FITRI EXODUS ROUTES (Indonesia)

July 20, 2013 Jakarta Indonesia

Pertamina corporate communication vice president Ali Mundakir said the company would ensure a stable supply of fuel during the Idul Fitri holiday.

"Our main focus is to mobilize fuel tankers during severe gridlock along exodus routes. We have anticipated this by increasing the number of fuel tankers or 'pockets of fuel' to serve gas stations along exodus routes," said Mundakir

Ali said Pertamina would also cooperate with the police to prioritize fuel tankers in traffic congestion. It will also open 24-hour posts to secure and monitor fuel distribution at gas stations.

Premium sales are expected to increase 13 percent from the normal level of 80,000 kiloliters per day. Pertamina estimates that Premium consumption at the peaks of the exodus, or six days before Idul Fitri and five days after the holiday, will reach 107,000 kiloliters.

Source thejakartapost.com/news

ROUTE 106 CLOSED DUE TO OIL TANKER ROLLOVER (New Hampshire)

August 19, 2013 Concord New Hampshire USA

Tanker in collision with car

Tanker in collision with car

An oil tanker rollover and passenger vehicle crashed on closed Route 106, closing down the road at around 7 a.m. on Aug. 19, according to reports.

The road is closed from I-393 to Josiah Bartlett Road on both sides. Cleanup is expected to take a number of hours, according to Concord Fire Chief Dan Andrus.

An Irving oil tanker reportedly collided with the passenger vehicle. Another truck is at the scene offloading the oil from the crashed truck.

A number of ambulances were called to the scene to assist with entrapments and injured parties being taken to Concord Hospital.

Three people, the driver of the truck and two passengers in the other vehicle, were taken to the hospital with "serious injuries," according to Andrus.

Source concord-nh.patch.com

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