2013 Christmas

National Bulk Tanker Association
2013 Christmas Dinner

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Formed over 20 years ago, the National Bulk Tanker Association Inc. comprises member companies and organisations involved in the manufacture, storage and distribution of liquid bulk products. Our members have a strong involvement in the dangerous and hazardous good sector.

The NBTA meets on a quarterly basis to discuss issues of common interest with a particular focus on safety, environmental and professional matters as well as land transport reforms and business issues.

News and Current Issues (February 2014)

NBTA meeting in Sydney with RMS - 6th March at St George Rowing Club

Our next meeting is a very important one in Sydney which will include a meeting with RMS officials in the morning and a workshop on tanker maintenance (around a tanker in the car park) in the afternoon.

The details are:

The details are:
When: 9.30am - 3.30pm, Thursday 6th March 2014
Where: St George Rowing Club, 1 Levey Street, Wolli Creek (near airport)

The agenda:
9.30am Welcome and introductions: Justin Keast, Chairman, NBTA
9.40am Road Safety outcomes in NSW: Marg Prendergast, Centre for Road Safety
10.00am RMS panel to discuss recent maintenance findings and feedback: Trish Grunert, Paul Endycott, other RMS staff
11.00am Recent decisions by Competent Authorities Panel on ESC: Col Rannard, EPA NSW
11.30am Industry feedback to RMS on initiatives and activities
12 noon Lunch

1.00pm Tanker maintenance discussions - led by leading industry suppliers
Discussions around safety critical components and advice to operators
2.30pm Final panel discussions regarding next steps for safety improvements
3.00pm Afternoon tea
3.30pm Meeting closes

Please ensure that your organisation is well represented at this meeting. It is a unique opportunity to interact with RMS and to exchange experience on the recent maintenance activities. It is also an opportunity to show RMS that you are interested in improved outcomes!

There is no charge to attend and companies can send more than one representative. Catering will be provided and the afternoon session on maintenance will be conducted around a tanker in the car park. It will be a useful way to compare maintenance experiences and practices with industry experts.

To attend, you must email robperkins@nbta.com.au

Upcoming meetings - February and March 2014

Safety and Training Meeting - 13th February Our first meeting for 2014 will focus on maintenance. The venue is: CMV, 227 Fitzgerald Road, Laverton North Time is: 11am to 1pm

The agenda will include a presentation from, and tour of, the CMV facilities. We will have time to have shared discussions about maintenance procedures and compliance.

This is an excellent opportunity for your maintenance staff to hear first hand how various businesses conduct their maintenance and how you might take back new ideas and procedures. 2014 will be an on going focus on this activity and now is a good time to share your experience and learn from others.

To attend: email robperkins@nbta.com.au

One more for the diary - Sydney meeting on 6th March Our first full meeting for the year will be in Sydney on Thursday 6th March at the St George Rowing Club. The meeting will run from 10.30am until 4pm. It will feature a number of speakers including RMS NSW and also a report on the outcome of the Competent Authorities Panel on ESC and RSS on tankers. There will be more detail as this meeting gets closer but diarise now or let me know if you can commit to this date.

Finally - AS2809 parts 3 and 4 Jason Stables represents NBTA on this Committee. They are reviewing the standard and want to hear about any suggested amendments. Now is your chance - let Jason know on jstables@holmwoodhighgate.com.au

RMS steps up compliance activities for gas tankers

On the 5th December, NSW Roads and Maritime Services Minister Duncan Gay issued a media release (see RMS release 5 Dec 13) regarding two gas tanker incidents in NSW. The incidents are a call to action for all gas tanker operators to ensure that all pumping equipment, hoses and valves are immediately inspected. The Minister has made it abundantly clear that there will be no second chances and that he is prepared to name companies (as he has done in this release). Further, this approach is being applied to all dangerous good tankers, gas or otherwise.

Members of the NBTA Executive met with NSW RMS this week and we have agreed a plan of action through 2014 that will see us working closely and co-operatively to achieve safer outcomes for all. More details on the working relationship will be provided to members at the NBTA meeting being held on the 6th December. The details will also be communicated to members following the meeting. For any queries, contact Rob Perkins, Executive Director on robperkins@nbta.com.au

NBTA meeting - 6th December in Melbourne

Our final meeting and AGM for 2013 will be held on:

When: Sandwich lunch from 12.30pm with meeting 1pm to 4pm, Friday 6th December
Where: Victorian Transport Association, Wirraway Drive, Fishermans Bend

The meeting will focus on maintenance compliance and verfication, and we will have a range of guest speakers. We will also cover the decision by the Competent Authorities Panel to adopt ESC with RSP for certain dangerous good vehicles and the recent discussions with WorkSafe Victoria to resolve the FTL plate issue.

Following the meeting we will hold the annual NBTA Christmas Dinner on Friday evening, 6th December commencing at 7pm. A sensational evening with partners. This year it will be held at Victoria's Parliament House in the Queen's Hall. It is the event to attend for a great wind up to the year and a catch up with industry colleagues and their partners across the dinner table. You can register and pay on line from our home page or fill out the form and return to Rob Perkins for processing.

Which ever way this is not to be missed.

Please confirm your attendance for the meeting on the 6th December at the VTA, by email to robperkins@nbta.com.au Members and guests are welcome.

RMS maintenance issues discussions

Seventy people from 42 organisations attended this meeting on the 31st October and heard presentations from:

Peter Wells, Director Customer and Compliance Division, RMS
Inspector Phillip Brooks Operations Commander Traffic & Highway Patrol Command NSW Police Force
Paul Endycott, General Manager, Compliance Operations, RMS
Craig Lamberton, Environment Director, EPA

Key outcomes are:
RMS is undertaking fleet maintenance audits and will be writing to all licenced DG operators in NSW (over 2000)
They are very active in visiting companies and undertaking full inspections
Their findings from State wide inspections of all heavy vehicles are that brakes are their major area of concern along with other safety critical items such as steering and suspension
They have yet to form a clear picture on the tanker fleet but do have reasons for concern

The NSW Minister Duncan Gay has sought advice in four areas:

1. The use of telematics such as IAP to improve DG safety outcomes
2. The use of ESC and roll stability braking systems, as recommended by the NSW Coroner
3. Current NHVAS standards and practices (through NHVR)
4. Maintenance inspection and standards (through NTC)

The NSW Minister is also looking into a "5 star trucking" proposal as a form of licencing.

Whilst RMS is now focusing on tankers, their work to date has not produced a consistent picture of the key maintenance issues other than a broad spectrum of items. However they are concerned that interstate vehicles are not subjected to the same inspections that NSW registered vehicles go through.

The meeting called for an identification of operators with poor compliance behaviour and a focus by RMS on those operators. There was a call from the floor to "target the cowboys" and even to "name and shame" those found to be consistent offenders.

The clear message from the meeting is that operators need to take this opportunity to audit their maintenance systems and make a thorough assessment of the roadworthiness of their fleets. In particular, safety critical systems such as brakes, steering, suspensions and chassis integrity should be thoroughly investigated.

RMS congratulated a number of fleets who had stepped forwarded and volunteered their fleets for inspections. Tanker operators should consider this option rather than waiting for RMS to arrive at your front door.

Attendees expressed interest in hearing more on the outcomes of tanker inspections as well as the inspection methods. Other issues raised included guidance on replacement parts and their standards.

The NBTA will continue discussions with RMS on a number of these issues including feedback on inspections and outcomes and the opportunity for RMS to use its extensive inspection facilities to further improve maintenance outcomes. It will also express an opinion on some of the issues currently in front of Minister Gay.

The outcome of this meeting and any further developments will be covered in the next NBTA meeting on Friday 6th December in Melbourne

The RMS DG presentation and RMS DG media release are available by clicking on the links