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NBTA webinar provides updated tanker standards information

  • Posted on Friday 24th, July 2020.

The National Bulk Tanker Association recently held its biannual meeting via webinar. One presentation is particularly relevant to road tanker operators and the Dangerous Goods (DG) supply chain.

Among the guest speakers was Lee Stringer, Manager Safe Load Program (SLP), who spoke about the new standards (AS 2809) relating to DG and non-DG bulk road tankers and the implications for suppliers and purchasers.

Stringer explained that Parts 1 and 2 of the new AS 2809 were released in April this year and that the plan for SLP had been to travel around the country holding meetings to inform tanker manufacturers and transport operators at SLP inspection locations. However, Covid-19 put paid to these plans.

“Due to these unforeseen circumstances, the NSW EPA put a proposal to the Competent Authorities Panel (CAP) which thankfully provided a 12-month exemption from complying with the new standard, meaning tanker manufacturers who have builds underway can choose to continue building to the previous standard until 9 April 2021,” said Stringer.

He also touched on another initiative of SLP being a draft DG vehicle approval process which assesses new tanker combinations before they are put into service, with the dossier remaining with the vehicle for its entire life.   

Stringer described the difference between the old and new standards, saying the goal was to simplify the compliance assessment process including ensuring suitably qualified people are signing off on the assessment.

The Truck Industry Council, according to Stringer, has been working hard to ensure truck manufacturers will comply with the new standard in making sure all hot areas of a truck used in a DG role are shielded so that temperatures do not exceed 180°C.

“Many of the quality trucks being produced today easily meet the new requirements of AS 2809,” said Stringer – adding the acceptance of European regulations, exemptions for mandatory ADR lighting and battery isolation switch advancements including in-cab battery isolation were all examples of improvements in the new standard over the old. “No air in motion is also an important part of the new standard which means the vehicle is unable to be moved while the pumping equipment is in operation."

Stringer said SLP has developed a new app that will make access to its systems much easier for drivers and vehicle operators.

Read more about Stringer in this Industry Icon feature.

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