All oil transfer operations carry the risk of a spill. Marine environments are particularly sensitive to the impacts of an oil spill. When it is necessary to carry out oil transfer operations in marine environments, they must be done safely and carefully using proper equipment and procedures. This document does not supersede any Local, Provincial or Federal legislation.

Before carrying out any oil transfer the driver should consider the following:

  • Is it absolutely necessary to carry out the transfer operation at that location under the existing conditions?
  • Is there any safer way to provide fuel to the vessel?
  • Are all necessary precautions taken to prevent a spill or other problem?
  • Is a suitable Emergency Response plan in place?

By understanding the principles in this document, they can be used to safely carry out other types of oil transfer operations.


Where a high level of safety and environmental protection cannot be provided, the tank truck driver should not initiate an oil transfer.