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Tank truck to marine vessel - Oil transfer
4. Oil Transfer Locations

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4.1 Fire Safety

Fire Codes limit the storage of flammable and combustible liquids on piers and wharves as follows:

4.2 Allowable Land Use

Some locations may be regulated, prohibiting or limiting the transfer of oil from a truck to a vessel. Any land owner has the authority to restrict the use of the property. It is up to the driver to ensure that local permission has been granted.

Permission must be obtained from either the Department of Fisheries and Oceans or the Canadian Coast Guard prior to using a federally-regulated wharf or pier for an oil transfer operation.

4.3 Site Characteristics

1. The truck unloading area must meet the following conditions:


The GVW of the delivery truck may include an allowance for a trailer; the truck alone may weigh considerably less. The driver should carry documentation as to the truck's approximate weight.

2. The unloading area should also have the following characteristics:

The truck should not, under any circumstance, transfer oil while parked in an intertidal zone or a beach or mud flat-type coastline.

4.3.1 Wooden Wharves

Extra precautions are required if an oil transfer operation is to be carried out on a wooden wharf. Use bonded collection pans under the truck fittings to collect any drips and spills.

For more information, see the "Static Discharge Protection" section of this document.

4.3.2 Vessel Loading Area

To secure an adequate vessel loading area, you must adhere to the following:

4.3.3 Pre-Arrangement

Locations for truck-to-vessel oil transfers need to be pre-arranged between the carrier, driver, marine representative and third party site owners as required. Where the location falls under government jurisdiction it must be approved by the local authority. The driver should confirm that the location meets the requirements of this guideline prior to the delivery.

Pre-arrangement would ensure the following:

For more information, see the Receiving Vessels section of this document.

4.4 Truck Safety

Extra care must be taken when maneuvering trucks and making deliveries in public areas. Drivers must adhere to the following:


Drive safely-dead slow as warranted by local conditions.

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