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Petroleum road tankers

Model overfill investigation report - Road tanker loading 


Road tankers are one of the most recognised means for the conveyance of petroleum products from distribution terminals through to customers. Road tankers designed for the conveyance of petroleum products have a number of unique engineering features which differentiate them from those used in, for example, the pharmaceuticals or the chemicals industries. A key function of a petroleum road tanker, aside from the safe conveyance of fuels, is the correct interfacing with a loading gantry at a distribution terminal.

Key technical and engineering issues concerning the design, construction, maintenance and operation of petroleum road tankers, and associated service equipment are covered by the EI’s Road Tanker Panel (RTP). To accommodate the emergence of fleet contractors, the EI formed the Distribution Contractors Panel (DCP), who meet jointly with the RTP and carry out the same function on behalf of EI.

The key areas of technical work/responsibility are:

  • Developing and maintaining technical guidance to help ensure that road tankers are designed, maintained, operated and tested in accordance with appropriate safety and environmental legislation, and in a safe manner. 
  • Producing technical guidance to assist in the standardisation of road tanker equipment. 
  • Undertaking any necessary research into equipment performance, testing procedures and tanker design. 
  • Providing engineering solutions to common technical issues. 
  • Disseminating technical information to relevant individuals and companies. 
  • Providing, when requested, technical input ADR and the UK CDG Regulations.
  • Providing, when requested, technical feedback to government departments such as the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). 
  • Providing, when requested, technical input to the drafting of European (CEN) Standards by the Working Groups of CEN/TC 296. 
  • Debating current industry operational difficulties with a view to producing common solutions, for uptake by industry.

The UK Safe Loading Pass Scheme (SLPS), comprising participating (UK) major oil companies, is operated independently of the EI. However, a number of EI technical publications are used to support the requirements of the scheme.

If you would like further information on the EI’s RTP or DCP, please contact the Toni Needham e: tneedham@energyinst.org

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