- National Launch by NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay of the Emergency exercise Video on Road Tanker Incidents Emergency Response CANCELLED
- The use of CROIERG Trailers & Equipment
- Training Course held in March at the TISC Canberra Training Complex
- The CROIERG Training Courses
- BNSF Railroad Fined (USA)
- Fuel spill clean-up continues near Mount Robson Provincial Park (Canada)
- Two die in ghastly tanker fire (Nigeria)
- Fuel tanker plunges through ice road in Arctic Circle after weight limit quadrupled (Canada)
- Seven killed 5 injured in accident near Salgaa blackspot (Kenya)
- Explosion in Haiti kills seven (Haiti)
- City water vulnerable to spills (Canada)
- M6 lorry crash dad’s hunt for good Samaritan (UK)
- Fuel tanker tips on Dempster Highway near Fort Macpherson NWT (Canada)
- A shocker in fuel delivery errors (Victoria)
- Two killed as minivan slams into fuel tanker in Tak Province (Thailand)
- Minister Garneau endorses innovative awareness tool for first responders dealing with flammable liquid emergencies (Canada)
THE VIDEO LAUNCH SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY APRIL 22ND IN SYDNEY HAS HAD TO BE CANCELLED AS WE HAVE RECEIVED LATE ADVICE THAT NEITHER THE MINISTER FOR ROADS NSW DUNCAN GAY NOR THE MINISTER FOR EMERGENCY SERVICES nSW DAVID ELLIOT ARE NOW ABLE TO ATTEND. DESPITE ALL THE MONTHS OF WORK THAT HAVE GONE INTO ORGANISING THIS EVENT WE NOW HAVE NO ALTERNATIVE BUT TO CANCEL THE LAUNCH (As Ned said "Such is life")
NATIONAL LAUNCH, BY NSW MINISTER FOR ROADS DUNCAN GAY MLC, OF THE EMERGENCY EXERCISE VIDEO ON ROAD TANKER INCIDENTS EMERGENCY RESPONSE
AT THE FIRE & RESCUE NSW STAFF TRAINING COLLEGE, ALEXANDRIA (Sydney) NSW ON APRIL 22ND
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 Staff 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 importance of the Bulk Tanker Emergency Responder Card
FRNSW/CROIERG & TISC will be issuing invitations to attend this official national video launch
There will also be a practical demonstration
Enquiries to: CROIERG Secretary. Phone 0428 627 777. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Mail: Secretary CROIERG PO Box 362 Yass NSW 2582
A clarification. Ed
Note: the CROIERG trailers & equipment are NOT available to CROIERG non-members
Third party responders, even if a CROIERG Member, can only access CROIERG trailers and equipment on behalf of financial members of CROIERG
"You Can Delegate the Function, but You Cannot Abdicate the Responsibility"
A Responder Training Course was conducted at the TISC Canberra Training Complex on March 21st, 22nd & 23rd
There were attendees from:
ACT Fire & Rescue
The Traffic Management Centre NSW
ISS First Response
Australian Federal Police (Observer)
Training Course at TISC March 23, 2016
Working on top of the tanker
ACT Fire & Rescue Truck at the Training Grounds
For information on the CROIERG Training Courses go to the left hand menu
This article shows the importance of emergency plans and spill response equipment. Ed
February 26, 2016
BNSF railroad will pay some $600-thousand in fines after a BNSF train derailed near Thermopolis in May 2010, spilling almost 7400 gallons of diesel and almost 250 gallons of oil from locomotives; because of this, BNSF railway officials have made agreements with EPA officials to improve prevention and response techniques for oil spills.
There have been four major oil and diesel spills from BNSF trains EPA officials believe violate the clean water act and the oil pollution act in North Dakota, South Dakota, Colorado and Wyoming.
As part of an assessment of preparedness the EPA conducted an unannounced test in Colorado July of 2014, and another in October, in which a hypothetical 2100 gallons of diesel fuel spilled to the South Platte River.
Both times BNSF members were unable to properly respond.
Since then, the railroad giant says they've made changes such as investing into better spill response equipment and spill plans.
BNSF currently owns and operates almost 33 thousand route miles of tracks in 28 states.
TRUCK TOWING TWO FUEL TANKERS ROLLED ON ITS SIDE SPILLING 20,000 LITRES OF DIESEL FUEL
March 4, 2016 Mount Robson Canada
Tow truck recovering tanker in the snow
Drones are helping determine the impact of fuel spilled into the Fraser River near the western entrance of Mount Robson Provincial Park when a tanker truck crashed on Wednesday.
As many as 20,000 litres of diesel was spilled when the truck towing two tanker trailers rolled onto its side.
The incident took place on a curvy, slushy stretch of Highway 16 approximately two kilometres east of the park's visitor center.
No one was injured and the truck has been righted, but officials don't yet know how much of the spilled fuel entered the nearby Fraser River.
Witnesses have described an oily sheen and the smell of diesel down river from the crash site.
B.C.'s Environmental Emergency Response crew is on-site assessing damage and using drones to survey the area. They are also drawing up a plan for long-term monitoring and sampling of the site.
The truck belongs to Federated Co-operatives Limited, which dispatched its clean-up crews, including vacuum trucks and excavators, to the crash location.
An official with B.C.'s Ministry of Transportation said there are signs along the highway warning of the curves in the road, and a truck was sanding the route just prior to the accident
March 5, 2016 Benin, Nigeria
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in Edo on Saturday confirmed the death of two persons in a road crash involving two articulated vehicles at the Ovia River near Benin.
The Tollgate Unit Commander, Mr. Adewale Ameen, who confirmed the accident to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday, said the driver of one of the vehicles and his assistant were roasted in the inferno that engulfed the vehicles.
Ameen said that one of the vehicles was conveying petrol while the other was carrying rods.
"Both vehicles were coming from the same direction from the Lagos axis to Benin when the accident occurred before the Ovia River at about 3 p.m. on Friday.
"The tanker laden with 33,000 litres of petroleum product rammed into the truck carrying steel rods while they were descending the slope and there was an immediate explosion with the driver and his assistant trapped,’’ Ameen said.
"FRSC officials immediately took control and started diverting motorists to the Ogbemudia Farms axis to control traffic and prevent more accident,’’ he said.
March 14, 2016 Canada
Tanker in the ice
After the hottest winter on record, one Canadian territory raised the weight limit on an ice road crossing at the Arctic Circle from 10 metric tons to 40 metric tons. What could possibly go wrong?
Last Saturday, a fuel tanker broke through an ice road in northern Canada. Fortunately, no one was injured. Just four days prior to this accident, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) provided this helpful tweet
Now you may ask why the GNWT would quadruple the allowable weight limit on an ice crossing for Great Bear Lake at 66° North latitude (aka the Arctic Circle) following the hottest February on record — which followed the hottest January on record.
After all, it’s been so warm up north that the last two months both set records for low sea ice in the Arctic. Indeed, the Arctic was so warm in January that National Snow and Ice Data Center chief Mark Serreze said it was "absurdly warm across the entire Arctic Ocean." And in February, parts of the Arctic were 18°F warmer than normal — and central northern Canada was as much as 10°F warmer than normal.
The fact it was a fuel tanker that crashed through the ice during record heat driven in part by fuel combustion just compounds the irony. As Cantech Letter, "one of Canada’s premier technology newsletters," put it, "Giant metaphor crashes through the ice in Canada’s North."
To put it another way, it looks like Canada picked the wrong week to ignore global warming.
March 7, 2016 Nakuru County Kenya
Matatu in crash with tanker
Seven people were killed and five injured on Sunday night when a fuel tanker crashed into a matatu at Ngata Bridge near Salgaa, Nakuru County.
The drivers of the North Rift Shuttle bound for Eldoret and the tanker headed in the opposite direction were among those killed in the 11pm accident.
A woman who had been travelling in the tanker said its driver had been unwell.
"I had seen the driver take medicine hours before the accident. After some time, he seemed unstable. When I asked him how he was feeling he did not respond," she said.
She said shortly after, the vehicle swayed on the road before ramming into the matatu. Those injured were taken to Nakuru County Level 5 Hospital.
March 18, 2016 Port-Au-Prince Haiti
The Civil Defence Office (CDO) said that at least seven people were killed and 30 others injured when a truck carrying fuel caught fire and exploded today.
The CDO said that the accident occurred in the town of Hinche, 65 miles northeast of Port-au-Prince when the truck hit a wall and spilled fuel as it was preparing to unload at a Total oil company service station
The flammable liquid spread and caught fire when it reached vendors cooking food on outdoor grills. The flames quickly returned to the tanker, which set off the explosion.
The CDO said seven people died on the spot, and the burn victims were rushed to area hospitals and to Port-au-Prince for treatment.
Hinche, like many Haitian towns outside of the capital, has no fire department.
Soldiers with the United Nations stabilization force (MINUSTAH) rushed to the scene and were able to contain the blaze. Four homes and 22 vehicles were also destroyed.
March 17, City of St George Canada
Train crash on the Fraser River
The City of Prince George and CN Rail need to take a number of preventative steps to make sure the city's main well water source is no longer vulnerable to "catastrophic" damage from hazardous spills.
Losing any of the wells "would be catastrophic for the city in terms of quality of life, sustainable economic growth, and environmental damage," said a report for city council by R. Radloff & Associates Inc., which the city hired for a risk assessment.
The Nechako Aquifer has three "high-capacity" wells, worth $6 million each that supply 95 per cent of the water used by industry and homes. None of them have "a confining unit to protect from surface spills" and they sit between the rail lines and the river.
Those wells are all situated within 180 metres of the CN Railway, said the city's report on the risk to drinking water from train derailment. The aquifer is a "goldmine," the Radloff report said, but very vulnerable to hazardous materials.
"The Nechako Aquifer is a highly valuable natural feature, not only because of its high-yield and easy accessibility, but also because it produces water which tastes good, has ideal hardness levels, and has virtually no incidents of bacteriological contamination." Derailment-related spills are the biggest threat to the waterway, it said.
Prince George had 11 rail "incidents" in 2013: eight yard derailments, three collisions, and five dangerous good incidents. That was slightly down from the 13 reported incidents in 2012: 11 yard derailments, two collisions, as well as eight dangerous good incidents. The report did not provide data for 2014 and 2015.
The type of hazardous material that makes its way through the city is largely unknown, the authors noted.
"Much of the time, the information related to the transit of dangerous goods was only reported after an accident, leak or spill had occurred, thus the data in this report is incomplete." Although not rail-related, the authors noted two wells in the last 20 years were shut down due to spill contamination (from tanker trucks) so "the vulnerability of the currently active city wells needs to be taken seriously."
In 2007, a CN derailment leaked more than 1,600 litres of diesel fuel and 171,000 litres of gasoline with "an undetermined amount" that seeped into the ground or flowed into the river.
March 9, 2016 Lancaster UK
Tanker & truck crash on M6 in UK
A dad-of-five wants to thank the man who saved his life by dragging him through the windscreen of his lorry after an horrific crash on the motorway.
David Dann was trapped in his truck after he was hit from behind by a tanker which crushed his cab in a pile-up near junction 34 of the M6 at Lancaster.
Mr. Dann, who was pulled from the wreckage with his puppy Peanut, said: "There was an almighty bang and I blacked out.
It was so out of the blue. All the lockers came down and hit me on the head. A car driver jumped out and came through the cab window.
"He got into the cab and said ‘stay there’ and kicked the windscreen out.
"I was then pulled through the windscreen and there were two guys waiting to help me.
"As soon as I track the bloke down I want to thank him for saving my life.
Driver says he swerved to avoid an animal
March 11, 2016 Yukon Canada
Rollover in N.W.T. Canada
A driver hauling fuel to Inuvik, N.W.T., tipped his truck on the Dempster Highway after swerving to avoid an animal, according to the N.W.T. Department of Transportation.
The accident occurred on March 9 about 110 kilometres past the N.W.T./Yukon border, between Fort McPherson and Tsiigehtchic.
The driver was unharmed, said Kevin McLeod, the N.W.T.'s director of highways.
"Apparently the driver was avoiding some wildlife," said McLeod. "He over-corrected perhaps, early indications are, and he tipped over."
This article is re-produced with the kind permission of Grant Stillman of Arthur J Gallagher & Co Australia
Product delivery "shandies" have been an ongoing problem for decades
There was an old saying years ago that still applies today
"Check, Double Check and if in doubt DON’T DELIVER. Get advice
March 3, 2016 Melbourne Victoria
An analysis of insurance claims within the petroleum industry reveals that there was a sharp increase in the number of claims for damage arising from fuel delivery errors during 2015, resulting in an increased incidence of product crossovers – commonly referred to as ‘shandy’s’.
"This issue was a significant problem for our industry several years back and we had thought that it was resolved", said ACAPMA CEO Mark McKenzie.
Unfortunately, there was a sharp increase in product crossover incidents reporting during 2015.
Principal Broker of Arthur J Gallagher, Grant Stillman, advised that claims received by the Company for fuel delivery errors during 2015 were 50% higher than occurred in 2014.
"In fact, we had three operators who were averaging 5 to 10 of these errors per month which is clearly unacceptable", said Grant
"We are very concerned that, after several years of highlighting this issue and working cooperatively with the industry to bring this issue under control, we have now seen a return to the bad old days of significant numbers of product cross over incidents", Grant said
Fuel crossover errors come at a substantial cost to both fuel distribution and fuel retail businesses.
"The average cost of these claims is around $50k per incident which excludes the cost of claims for damage caused to customer cars", Grant explained.
But the costs to the businesses involved – and the wider industry – extend well beyond the mere financial costs to include risk of both reputational and commercial damage. "We are aware of recent cases where repeated instances of product crossover have actually resulted in the termination of the haulier’s commercial contract, said Grant.
When considered from the perspective of the fuel retailer, these problems can result in loss of repeat business owing to the fact that affected customers will generally lose confidence in the ability of the retailer to provide ‘clean’ fuel in the future.
"Given the increased use of social media by consumers, the impact may not simply be limited to the affected customers but could easily result in the retail site being publicised in in social media – potentially causing the business to miss out on future sales", said Grant.
"Perhaps most importantly, however, is the fact that any failure of our industry to quickly reverse the level of incidents observed in 2015 risks a loss of consumer trust in our ability to supply the fuels that that they believe they are buying when they pull up at the pump", said Mark McKenzie.
Grant Stillman suggests that an analysis of the claims relating to fuel crossover incidents during 2015 has revealed that these incidents are primarily attributable to two principal issues, namely:
a) General lack of familiarity with the specifics of an individual fuel site, and,
b) Failure of the driver to follow basic procedures during the delivery process.
"We have noticed that a large proportion of these incidents basically boil down to the driver not being familiar with the specific retail fuel site, owing to the fact that either the driver is new to the business or the business itself has only been newly contracted to supply fuel", said Grant.
In the case of driver’s not following basic procedures, this failure occurs as a result of a lack of care being taken or a lack of training – or a combination of the two.
"A worrying element of some of the cases involving a lack of due care by the driver is that some of these incidents appears to relate to unnecessarily tight delivery schedules or unforeseen delays that may have been created by traffic snarls", said Grant
"The good news in all of this is that we believe that these issues can be largely resolved – albeit requiring a renewed focus on fuel delivery procedures", said Mark "In the past, companies like Caltex used placards mounted on the tanker above the discharge valves to prompt the driver to make one final check before opening the valves", said Grant.
In addition, some retail chains have used colour coding of both the filler caps and the discharge valves to make it easier for drivers to match the correct discharge valves with the correct fill points.
Changes to the structure of our industry in recent years, coupled with the generational change of staff in many petroleum organisations, suggests that we may need to revisit these simple practices in the near future.
To that end, ACAPMA will partner with Arthur J Gallagher and Convenience World to host a forum to discuss what cost-effective strategies can be put in place to address this issue.
"In the meantime, we urge fuel distributors to consider what steps that they might reasonably put in place to protect their business, their customer’s business and the interests of their customer’s customers", said Mark
Grant Stillman is the Principal Broker of Arthur J Gallaher. Arthur J Gallagher is the third largest Insurance Broker in the world and the Australian operation is the leading provider of comprehensive and cost-effective insurance solutions for all businesses operating in the Australian petroleum industry.
Tanker & Minivan collision in Thailand
March 13, 2016 Bangkok Thailand
Two men were killed and 12 other people injured when the minivan they were travelling in crashed head on into a fuel tanker at high speed in Tak province on Saturday.
The two dead men have been confirmed as Myanmar nationals.
The minivan was transporting migrant workers from Mae Sot to Samut Sakhorn when it hit the fuel tanker on the Tak-Mae Sot road at Doi Ruak.
Early investigations suggested the fuel tanker, which was travelling up hill, was overtaking a broken down vehicle when it collided with the minivan which was travelling down the hill on the opposite side of the road.
The drivers of the minivan and fuel tanker escaped unhurt, while the 12 other passengers were taken to local hospital for treatment.
Police are continuing to investigate the accident.
MINISTER GARNEAU ENDORSES INNOVATIVE AWARENESS TOOL FOR FIRST RESPONDERS DEALING WITH FLAMMABLE LIQUID EMERGENCIES (Canada)
March 17, 2016 – Gatineau, Quebec Canada
Wrecked rail tank cars
Excavators working at a site
Today, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, endorsed an online awareness tool aimed at helping first responders deal with flammable liquid emergencies.
The awareness tool, which is available free of charge in English and French, helps first responders to assess hazards at the scene, to know who to contact and what resources are available, and to understand how to respond appropriately and safely. It also addresses knowledge gaps identified by the Transport Canada’s Emergency Response Task Force following requests from municipalities and first responders in the aftermath of the Lac-Mégantic tragedy.
The new tool was developed by Enform, Canada’s oil and natural gas safety association, and was funded in part by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, in partnership with the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, Transport Canada, and key members of the Task Force.
"Training is the backbone of any emergency response, and this new tool will help guide first responders in these critical situations. I thank the Emergency Response Task Force for bringing together the parties needed to make this tool a reality and for their many recommendations that continue to make transporting dangerous goods by rail safer." The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport
"When responding to a train derailment involving flammable liquids, firefighters need to be able assess hazards at the scene, who to contact, available resources and how to respond – all things the new online awareness tool provides. We were pleased to be a partner in this endeavour, which will assist first responders and as a result increase public safety of Canadians." Paul Boissonneault, President, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC)
"Getting Canada’s liquid hydrocarbons to new and existing markets in the safest possible way is paramount to our industry. Through this collaboration we are providing Canada’s first responders with the necessary tools to get their jobs done." Brad Herald, Vice President of Western Canadian Operations, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)
The Task Force has worked diligently to examine 650 flammable liquids in Canada and has provided over 33 safety recommendations to date, with more expected this May