Tank truck to marine vessel - Oil transfer
2. Regulations and Guidelines
Table of Content
- About This Manual
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Regulations and Guidelines
- 3. Responsibilities
- 4. Oil Transfer Locations
- 5. Tank Trucks
- 6. Static Discharge Protection
- 7. Nozzles
- 8. Transfer Hoses
- 9. Receiving Vessels
- 10. Contingency Planning
- 11. Operating Procedures
- Appendix A: Fuel transfer safety checklist
- Appendix B: BC Coastal marina contingency plan
This section addresses the fundamental requirement of this document which is that all truck-to-vessel oil transfers must be conducted in compliance with all applicable federal, provincial, municipal and other regulations. Compliance with any existing codes, guidelines and standards must also be maintained.
For a list of regulatory publications, see “Related Documents” in the “About This Manual” section of this document.
When working adjacent to the water, the regional Workers Compensation Board Regulations may require that workers wear Personal Flotation Devices (PFD).
The following section covers federal and provincial regulations; reporting procedures and personal liability of spills resulting from oil transfer operations.
2.1.1 Federal And Provincial Regulations
All parties involved in oil transfer operations need to be aware of certain governmental regulations.
- The Canada Shipping Act generally prohibits discharges of oil from vessels.
- The Fisheries Act generally prohibits the discharge of harmful substances into fish-bearing waters or places where such substances may enter fish-bearing waters.
- Provincial environmental legislation (in B.C. the Waste Management Act) generally prohibits discharges of business waste into the environment - water, land or air.
Spills must be reported to the appropriate government agencies without delay. Reporting regulations vary among jurisdictions so drivers must be familiar with the reporting requirements in the jurisdiction in which they are operating. If you are unsure about the reporting requirements in a particular area then report the spill.
- The B.C. regulations require that a person who had possession, charge or control of 100 litres or more oil that has spilled must immediately report the spill to the Provincial Emergency Program (PEP) at 1 800 663-3456 or to the RCMP.
- The Canada Shipping Act requires that spills of any volume from vessels into water be reported immediately to Marine Communications & Traffic Services at 1-800-889-8852.
- PEP, MCTS, and Environment Canada maintain a 24-hour-365-day-per -year spill recording network in B.C.
- When one of these agencies receives a notification, it will notify the other two
- Call any of these agencies for further information on the operation of the spill reporting network
All telephone numbers above are for locations in B.C only. Be familiar with numbers in the jurisdiction in which you are working.
At minimum, spill reports should include the following information:
- The caller's name and phone number
- The spiller's name and number
- Location and time of the spill
- Type and quantity of the spilled substance
- Cause and effect of the spill
- Details of actions taken or proposed to minimize the effects.
Failure to report a spill can result in fines of up to $1,000,000.
2.1.3 Personal Liability
The liability for a spill rests with the person who owns or has charge, management or control of the substance immediately prior to its release. A company can be held responsible for the actions of its employees unless it can be shown that the employee acted contrary to established protocols. If so, the employee can be held solely liable.
Although this document may refer to the above regulations and guidelines it does not include all of their requirements. All persons involved in oil transfers should be familiar and comply with all applicable requirements.
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