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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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March 2016

NATIONAL LAUNCH OF BULK TANKER EMERGENCY RESPONSE VIDEO

The Hon Duncan Gay, NSW Minister for Roads, will perform the national industry launch of the Fire & Rescue NSW Video "BULK TANKER EMERGENCY RESPONSE" on Friday April 22nd at the FRNSW Training College 189 Wyndham Street Alexandria NSW.

The official launch will be at 11.00AM

This first class video, which was filmed, by FRNSW, at the TISC Canberra Training Complex highlights how the various emergency services inter-react at a bulk tanker incident scenario.

 

It places strong emphasis on the importance of the CROIERG Training Courses for industry emergency responders 

 

It also strongly highlights the Bulk Tanker Emergency Responder Card

 

FRNSW/CROIERG and TISC will be issuing invitations to attend this official national video launch

Enquiries to: CROIERG Secretary. Phone 0428 627 777. Email eejoconn@bigpond.net.au

 

Mail: Secretary CROIERG PO Box 362 Yass NSW 2582

SELF LOADING

In January 2014 attention was drawn to the fact that ADG7 contradicted ADG6 in regard to the self-loading of road tankers.

ADG6 10.3.2(2) said that:

"Unless the transfer is a transfer from the vehicle which involves the use of a pump or compressor driven by the vehicle’s engine, the engine of the vehicle must remain stopped throughout the transfer operation"

This was important when it came to self-loading in product recovery operations after an incident/accident etc when the transfer would be into the vehicle (I.e. receiving tanker) in a single vehicle scenario and could create a potentially dangerous situation

This was also not in line with the procedures taught at the CROIERG/TISC Bulk Tanker Emergency Responder Training Courses

Concerns were expressed by both the emergency services and industry and CROIERG made representations to the regulators for clarification.

Excellent co-operation was obtained from the NSW EPA (Chemicals Regulations Unit) and WorkCover NSW and a process put in place to consult with the other States/Territories and draft an amendment to the Dangerous Goods Code (ADG7)

In December 2015 appropriate changes were made to ADG7 (ADG7.4) and these are available on the National Transport Commission website www.ntc.gov.au

See below:

ADG 7.4 (Engine must be stopped during transfer operations)

ADG 7.4

PREVENTING FIRE DURING A TRANSFER OPERATION

10.2.2.1 Distance from ignition sources

During a transfer operation into or out of a vehicle, there must be no source of ignition: within any hazardous area determined in accordance with AS/NZS 60079.10.182 .

10.2.2.2 Engine precautions

10.2.2.2.1 During transfer of dangerous goods of Class, Division or Subsidiary Risk 2.1, 3 or 4 out of a road vehicle, the engine of the vehicle must remain stopped unless the transfer involves the use of a pump or compressor driven by the vehicle’s engine. This does not prevent the minimal necessary use of the engine to clear the contents of hoses back into the tank following the transfer.

10.2.2.2.1A During transfer of dangerous goods of Class, Division or Subsidiary Risk 2.1, 3 or 4 into a road vehicle, the engine of the vehicle must remain stopped unless the vehicle is a vacuum tank vehicle.

10.2.2.2.2 The engine of the vehicle, and any internal combustion auxiliary engine on the vehicle, must be stopped while hose connections for the transfer of dangerous goods of Division or Subsidiary Risk 2.1 are coupled to or uncoupled from the vehicle or tank on the vehicle.

NEW EDITION OF DANGEROUS GOODS CODE RELEASED

18 December 2015

The National Transport Commission (NTC) today released the latest version of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code, with updates to better meet community and industry needs, and align with international best-practice.

CEO of the NTC Paul Retter said edition 7.4 of the code would continue to help prevent damage to people, property and the environment from the unsafe transport of dangerous goods by road or rail.

"The latest edition should cut red tape for importers and exporters because the code is now more consistent with air and sea requirements for dangerous goods transport, and is also more in line with overseas requirements," Mr Retter said.

"It is very important that people reading the code also read the dangerous goods legislation in their jurisdiction."

The update includes changes specific to Australia and also better reflects the United Nations Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods – Model Regulations (18th edition).

Amendments include:

• adding new materials to the list of dangerous goods
• changes to packing and labelling requirements
• changes to lithium battery transport requirements
• preventing drivers on provisional or learner licences from holding dangerous goods licences, and
• new emergency response codes (HAZCHEM) for ammonium nitrate substances.

Mr Retter said the latest update reflected the NTC’s commitment to review the code every two years to meet evolving user needs and increasingly align with the latest UN regulations.

People transporting dangerous goods can use either edition 7.3 or 7.4 of the code up until 1 January 2017 and from then on they must use edition 7.4.

More information is available online, including a copy of edition 7.3 with the changes marked on it so they are easy to find.

In addition to releasing edition 7.4, the NTC is working on improvements to transporting limited quantities of dangerous goods.

Read more information about this review.

Listen to this information on ADG7.4.

RESPONDERS TRAINING COURSE TO BE HELD IN MARCH 2016 AT TISC IN CANBERRA

A CROIERG Responder’s Training Course (3-days) at the TISC Canberra Training Complex on March 21, 22nd & 23rd 2015

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Enquiries to TISC on 02 6297 7187

Email Garth Edwards TISC Training Supervisor at garth.edwards@suttonroad.com.au

For more information on the CROIERG Training Courses click here

"You can contract out the function but You cannot Abdicate the Responsibility"

CROIERG PLACES ORDER FOR NEW SPILL RESPONSE TRAILER

CROIERG has placed an order for a new pump equipped spill response trailer with Resort Trailers of Queanbeyan NSW

This unit will go to Brisbane Qld and the present Brisbane trailer will re-located to another site

FIRST CLASS EMERGENCY RESPONSE CHARTS AVAILABLE

These response charts are the best available

You simply won’t find any better!

The CROIERG First Class Emergency Response Chart "A DISCIPLINED APPROACH TO EMEGENCY RESPONSE" is again available for members purchase

These charts are from the world class response information made available to CROIERG by our Canadian cousins and we are very grateful for this inter country industry co-operation

The charts are 600mm x 385mm and provide a very effective guide in how to manager an incident such as a tanker rollover in a co-ordinated manner

With each chart purchased we will also make available the publication A Disciplined Approach to Emergency Response and a Power Point Presentation on using the charts

They are available in:

ALUPANEL for $69.00 (inc GST & Delivery) or:

CORFLUTEE FOR $49.00 (inc GST & Delivery)

For more information or to place an order please contact the CROIERG Secretary:

Phone 0428 627 777

Email eejoconn@bigpond.net.au

Postal CROIERG PO Box 362 YASS NSW 2582

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USE OF CROIERG TRAILERS & EQUIPMENT

A clarification following recent enquiries. Ed

MEMBERS NEEDS

Host company staff will attend the premises where trailers are stored and provide member access to the CROIERG trailers and/or equipment.

Note: the CROIERG trailers & equipment are NOT available to CROIERG non-members

  • Cost of host company staff time. (Responding member) [USER];
  • The USER should provide a full accountability of all materials used
  • Account will be rendered on basis of lists provided.
  • Reconciliation with Group Stock Lists
  • Terms: Nett 7 Days.
  • Members would respond to own needs using CROIERG Response Spill Trailers / CROIERG Equipment...
  • Member would respond with own staff and towing vehicles.
  • Prior arrangements should be in place if assistance is required from other members and labour costs incurred.
  • Member responsibility for payment of materials used

 

Third party responders, even if a CROIERG Member, can only access CROIERG trailers and equipment on behalf of financial members of CROIERG


Equipment usage by non-members is not allowed

I-10E REOPENS, I-10W STILL CLOSED 5-1/2 HOURS AFTER CRASH (California)

February 4, 2016 Fontana California USA

Rolled tanker near Fontana California
Rolled tanker near Fontana California

Some 5-1/2 hours after a fuel tanker crashed and spilled gasoline, the eastbound lanes of a Fontana freeway reopened, but Caltrans officials estimated the westbound lanes would remain closed until roughly 9 p.m.

Two people were hurt during the 12:25 p.m. wreck along the westbound lanes of Interstate 10, shutting down the freeway between Citrus and Cherry Avenues.

The tanker was carrying a full load of 8,600 gallons of gasoline, according to the California Highway Patrol. A man driving a Mitsubishi Galant veered to the right and hit the left front of the tanker, officers reported.

The tanker overturned and hit a tree on the right shoulder.

There were no immediate reports on how much fuel leaked. As gasoline continued to pour from the tanker at 3 p.m., firefighters worked to contain the flammable fluid.

Source pe.com/articles/tanker-793552-leaking-fuel.html

AT LEAST THREE DEAD IN 50-VEHICLE PENNSYLVANIA PILE-UP (Pennsylvania)

Tanker in pileup
Tanker in pileup

February 13, 2016 Pennsylvania USA

At least three people have been killed and scores injured in a motorway pile-up involving more than 50 vehicles in Pennsylvania, authorities say.

The crash, 120km (75miles) north-west of Philadelphia, left trucks and cars strewn across three lanes of traffic and the central reservation.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency said 40 people had been taken to hospital and 70 to a temporary shelter.

Drivers have been urged to use caution during the icy weather.

A spokeswoman for Penn State Hershey Medical Center said three patients had been brought in in a critical condition, three more with moderate to severe injuries and four with minor injuries

The crash, which took place in strong winds on the eastern carriageway of Interstate 78 near Bethel Township.

"You could be driving down the interstate and all of a sudden conditions change because the winds are drifting the snow," he said.

Witnesses described a scene of devastation with reports that some people remain trapped in vehicles.

"The snow just started and it was a total whiteout. The car in front of us just disappeared," driver Ashley Fisher told NBC News. "We were able to stop, but a couple cars slid and hit the shoulder. It was a mess."

Officials have warned people in the north-eastern US to stay indoors during what the National Weather Service described as "life-threatening temperatures".

Source bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-35570611

TAXPAYERS SAVE MILLIONS ON SPILL CLEANUPS (Arizona)

February 14, 2016 Arizona UDSA

Arizona taxpayers saved an estimated $2.6 million last year because transportation department officials held commercial carriers or their insurance companies responsible for cleaning up spills.

According to Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) Director John Halikowski, members of the agency’s hazardous materials response team make sure spilled materials are quickly contained and state-approved contractors are hired to do the full clean up.

ADOT responds to between 150 and 250 hazardous materials incidents in any given year, Halikowski said. Most involve fuel spills from the involved trucks. About 40 or 50 crashes involve shipments of hazardous materials, including fuel or acid.

All but a handful of the clean-ups are paid for by commercial carriers or their insurance companies, Halikowski said, because the hazardous response team keeps track of the crashes and finds the responsible parties. If not for the team’s work, Halikowski said, Arizona taxpayers would end up paying to remove contaminants from soil near spill sites.

"It’s just the right thing to do, not only for ADOT, but for the taxpayers of Arizona," hazardous materials response specialist Travis Qualls said. "Why should we be paying for someone else releasing a hazardous material on our property?"

A higher level of clean-up is required by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality at crash sites in residential areas, but the transportation department requires the residential standard at all spill sites, Halikowski said.

The contractor must complete work as directed by ADOT and provide before and after soil samples and prove where the contaminated soil was taken for disposal.

"ADOT is committed to environmental responsibility and making the most efficient use of funds," Halikowski said. "The record of success the ... team has established over the years preserves money for transportation needs."

Source eastvalleytribune.com/arizona/article_69be3af8-d1cd-11e5-806c-7be099e151dd.html

VENEZUELA INCREASES 2-CENT PETROL PRICES TO 85 CENTS A LITRE

February 17, 2016 Venezuela

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has announced an increase of petrol prices in his country, which had cost around 2 cents a litre, to around 85 cents a litre.

Premium petrol will rise from less than 0.1 bolivars ($0.02) a litre to 6 bolivars ($1.32) — but Mr Maduro has also announced a 37 per cent devaluation of the currency, which would see a price at the pump of around 85 cents a litre.

Lower grade petrol would cost around 14 cents a litre.

Under the current exchange rate, minimum wage in Venezuela is as low as 32 cents an hour.

Venezuela has the biggest known oil reserves in the world and has been practically giving petrol away at the pump over recent years, but it has suffered from the plunge in world oil prices since mid-2014.

The change marks the first time in two decades that prices have been increased, but Mr Maduro said it was still the cheapest fuel in the world.

Source abc.net.au/news/2016-02-18/venezuela-increases-petrol-prices-from-2c-per-litre-to-85c/7181040

NEW HAVEN MAN HURT AFTER FIERY WEEKEND CRASH ON ROUTE 8 IN LITCHFIELD (Connecticut)

Tanker hits pole after swerving to miss SUV
Tanker hits pole after swerving to miss SUV

February 15, 2016 Litchfield, Connecticut USA

Two men were taken to the hospital after a fully-loaded fuel tanker crashed into an SUV stopped in the middle of Route 8 then caught fire over the weekend.

The men both suffered minor injuries in the crash, which happened at about 4 a.m. Saturday on the northbound side of the highway near Exit 41, state police said in a press release.

Police said an Infiniti FX35 driven by a New Haven man, 40, had been stopped in the middle of the highway when the tractor-trailer tanker came up the highway behind it.

The truck driver, a man from Holyoke, Massachusetts, tried to swerve to the right to get around the stopped SUV but crashed into it from behind, severely damaging both vehicles

Read more.

2 drivers killed in fiery East Texas wreck on US 69 (Texas)

Zavalla, Texas USA

A fiery East Texas traffic accident involving a tanker rig hauling crude oil and a smaller truck has left both drivers dead.

The Texas Department of Public Safety says the accident happened shortly before dawn Friday on U.S. 69 just south of Zavalla

DPS Trooper David Hendry says preliminary information indicates the tanker truck was southbound when the northbound pickup truck crossed over and hit the bigger rig head-on.

The accident led to a huge fire that burned both vehicles and shut down U.S. 69. Hendry says the fire was put out by late Friday morning. Traffic was being rerouted as crews worked to clear the wreckage from the site, about 125 miles northeast of Houston.

Source fireengineering.com/ap-news/2016/01/29/2-drivers-killed-in-fiery-east-texas-wreck-on-us-69.html

SINKHOLE SWALLOWS UP HIGHWAY IN HARBOR, OREGON (USA) (Jan 30, 2015)

Read about the sinkhole.

TEN DIE, MORE THAN 20 INJURED AS LPG TANKER HITS CAR NEAR SHEIKHUPURA (India)

LPG tanker after fire
LPG tanker after fire

February 10, 2016 Sheikhupura India

At least ten people died and more than 20 were injured when a tanker carrying liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) crashed into a car and the gas leakage fuelled an inferno engulfing the vehicle and nearby buildings near Sheikhupura on Wednesday morning, Dunya News reported.

The accident happened at about 9:20 a.m. local time in Mananwala area of the Sheikhupura district located in the country’s eastern Punjab province.

Two other school rickshaws at the scene of accident also caught fire. Reportedly, some schoolchildren are also among the victims

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WASHINGTON ASKS IF RAILROADS COULD AFFORD $700M OIL TRAIN SPILL (USA)

This article from the International Spill Control Organisation (ISCO) Newsletter. CROIERG are an associate member of the ISCO. Ed

February 13, 2016 Washington DC USA

Railroads that haul oil trains through Washington State will need to report whether they could afford around $700 million to pay for a derailment and spill, under a recently finalized state rule.

As announced Feb. 9, the requirement is one of three oil train safety rules the state Utilities and Transportation Commission crafted as required under legislation that state lawmakers passed in 2015.

The new rules, which take effect March 11:

  • Require signs with basic safety information be posted at private rail crossings along routes that carry full or empty oil trains.
  • Allow certain cities such as Bellingham, Aberdeen, Spokane, Tacoma, and Richland to opt into a state rail crossing inspection program to get free assistance with inspections.
  • Require railroads to include financial information in their annual report to the UTC to show if they could address a "reasonable worst case spill" of oil.

To see more detail on a "Reasonable Worse Case Spill" go to the link below

Very, Very interesting. Ed

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OIL SPILL IN PERU POLLUTES AMAZON (Peru)

February 18, 2016 Chiriaco Peru

A devastating oil spill in the Peruvian Amazon is spreading weeks after it began on January 25th. Lima-based daily El Comercio reports that the spill has affected two Peruvian provinces in the Amazon region, polluting farmland, rivers and forests.

Some 3,000 barrels of oil burst from a pipeline began running through protection barriers designed to prevent such spills after heavy rain led to flooding in early February. The oil has polluted the Chiriaco and Marañón rivers, where many indigenous groups live. Edwin Montenegro, spokesperson for the Regional Organization of Indigenous Peoples in the Peruvian Northern Amazon (Orpian), told El Comercio that locals have been affected by dizziness and vomiting from the pungent odour of the spill.

The catastrophe is attributed to Petroperú, the national oil company, which belatedly sent 300 workers to clean the spill as it spreads further to the province of Loreto, which borders the northern Peruvian province of Amazonas. Officials from the company assert that the spill occurred because the pipeline was located on a wet slope that ruptured when heavy rain caused the land to crumble.

Read the full article.

TANKER TRUCK CATCHES FIRE AT MONTICELLO GAS STATION (Mississippi)

Tanker in Mississippi fire incident
Tanker in Mississippi fire incident

February 24, 2016 Monticello, Mississippi USA

The Monticello Police Department said a tanker truck caught at a gas station Wednesday morning. It happened at Duncan’s Corner on F.E. Sellers Highway.

We’re told the driver was pumping gas into the gas station’s underground tank when something sparked. Police said that’s when the truck caught fire. Crews were able to shut off the fuel flow from the truck to the tanks before things got worse. The driver was taken to the hospital.

Firefighters said some homes have been evacuated in the area. They also said it will take a couple of hours before the scene is clear.

We’re told that multiple agencies were on the scene to help put out the fire.

The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality is headed to the scene. Officials said some fuel did spill on the ground. They are trying to determine how much.

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DENBIGHSHIRE ROAD WILL STAY CLOSED UNTIL TOMORROW AFTER TANKER CRASH (UK)

February 24, 2016 Denbighshire Shire Wales UK

An 11-mile stretch of a Denbighshire road will stay closed until tomorrow after a large tanker overturned.

The NWF petrol tanker turned over on the A5104 in Brynegwlys near Corwen at 1.15pm today.

Police have been forced to close a considerable stretch of the road – thought to be 11 miles long – in both directions between Corwen and the top of the Horseshoe pass, and are diverting traffic along other routes.

Denbighshire council says the road will remain closed throughout the night and part of tomorrow, and a crane will be needed to move the wreckage.

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