COODE ISLAND COMMUNITY CONSULTATIVE COMMITTEE
THURSDAY 1ST APRIL, 2004
Robin Saunders Colleen
Faye Simpson Michael
Community Rep./Committee Community
Carlo Fasolino Quentin
State Manager Terminals Pty Ltd/Committee Env.
Ian Thomas Robert
Community Rep./Committee Community
Bronwyn Brookman Smith George
Major Hazards/Worksafe Gen.
Manager Terminals Pty Ltd
Peter La Rose Margaret
Operations Manager/Terminals Pty Ltd Mgr
Sue Chatterton Christine
Minute Taker Lonely
ITEM 1 WELCOME
BY THE CHAIR
Robin welcomed everyone. Introduced Christine Morton from
ITEM 2 APOLOGIES
Apologies were received from Jean King, Chris Watson (MFB),
ITEM 3 CONFIRMATION
OF THE DRAFT AGENDA
The draft agenda was adopted.
ITEM 4 BRIEF
REPORT FROM AGENCIES AND TERMINALS PTY LTD
ON KEY ISSUES
Terminals Pty Ltd
Carlo Fasolino presented Feb/March 2004 Operations report.
Attachments: Terminals Operations Report.
Contract extensions for East Side being finalised currently,
Huntsman have signed, negotiations continuing with DOW – extensions now
to 31/1/05. George Horman explained the extension negotiations exit policy.
DOW and Huntsman can exit sooner if required. Contract is from 31/1/04 –
31/1/05 or 2,3 or 4 months earlier if required depending on completion of
East Side lease expire 31/1/06 – Terminals have to be
remediated by that time. 3 months prior to 31/01/05 (or earlier if agreed) no
ships allowed. 12 months to clean up sight prior to 31/1/06.
Michael asked “if Marstel don’t perform who
suffers? Huntsman, Dow and would they pressure the government to extend lease”.
George confirmed they would put pressure on the government to extend lease but
that extension would be difficult as there are several processes to be
completed prior to exit (12 months time frame) such as:
Auditor independent EPA accredited to sign off
EPA to accept
Faye asked if there was a penalty involved for Huntsman and
Dow. George then answered “no”. Terminals will not take further
product. Marstel appear to be on track so should not be a problem.
Ian Thomas asked if there was any communication between
Terminals Pty Ltd and Marstel. George answered “yes”
George spoke of Fred Johnson (ST Services) re Key manager
Meeting in the USA. Kaneb have made several acquisitions and rationalisation
and therefore Fred has retired. Mike Rose acting CEO – Kaneb Pipeline
Carlo then spoke of combustor incident where a compressed
air supply failure led to the combustor being shut down. Michael asked about
the sequence of alarms that occurred. George then confirmed that he would
review actions in the investigation.
Action: George/Carlo will inform committee regarding
the outcome of investigations into the incident at the next meeting.
Incident whilst discharging product from a ship at No. 1
Maribyrnong Whard – leak from fittings. Incident resulted in a meeting
of Shipping Agent, Port of Melbourne Corporation and Terminals. Michael asked
how they dispose of product on ship deck. Peter answered saying a
decontaminant would be placed on product if needed. TDI was the product
involved in the incident. Ship was a Stolt accredited chemical carrier. When
leak detected product transfer ceased and ship cleared of Terminals personnel.
Faye enquired as to what checks where undertaken prior to
transfer of product. Peter informed all of extensive checklists that are
required to be completed when a ship docks. Fire extinguishers ready, plugs, hoses
etc which takes approx 40 minutes to complete. The main shipping lines that
dock at the Terminals wharf are Dorval and Stolt. Periodic problem on
otherwise safe ship. Hoses are checked yearly, tested and certified.
Faye then asked about checks on ships. Peter answered
– “independent surveyors do thorough periodical checks on ships”.
George then asked Quentin to comment on a prior incident at
Maribyrnong No.1 a few years ago. Quentin then spoke of the incident with
regard to rust in pipelines due to a high corrosion rate at sea, also age of
ships (30 years+). All ships are inspected and certified.
Carlo provided product storage information with regard to
future storage in Plant C non-hazardous area.
Environment Protection Authority
Quentin Cook then spoke on behalf of the EPA
Following up from last meeting: the decision not to require
a Works Approval for the refurbishment works at Plant C West.
Works approval and licence amendments not required if
emissions are deemed insignificant. Document tabled stating emission levels
that determined works approval. The products that Terminals Pty Ltd intends to
store in new tanks is not deemed volatile.
Faye spoke of emission levels mentioned within the report
and would the products planned to be stored at Terminals Pty Ltd emission
levels be sufficient to set of alarms. George answered by referring to item
(v) on document being the only one relevant. Very low threshold applies.
Faye then asked about blending. Peter stated no blending undertaken
at Terminals Pty Ltd.
George stated that Terminals Pty Ltd are legally bound to
store products in the tanks that the EPA were informed would be stored in the
Quentin also tabled a document stating the top 10 polluters (with
respect to odours) in the Western Suburbs over a 5 year period.
Faye asked if similar data was available for particulates.
Quentin responded that 80% of complaints about the chemical industry are
triggered by odours. Complaints about particulates, and dust, mainly arise
Incident of leak at P & O was then raised. Incident was
a once off and not an ongoing problem. Ian Thomas then referred to the vapour
emission (Ethyl Acrylate) from P & O and the magnitude of the issue in
relation to the odours from Peerless (for example). For Terminals Pty Ltd to
lose accreditation there would need to be more than one incident and be an on
going problem. Odour complaints are the main source of complaints to the EPA.
Incident was more of a Work Safe issue as 30 people went home sick. Bronwyn
then stated as far as Work Safe was aware no report was made.
Colleen Hartland then asked “how big does an issue
have to be before it is taken seriously” (directed to Bronwyn). Quentin
confirmed that corrective action was taken prior to tanker leaving site.
Colleen would like response from EPA on incident.
Action: Quentin Cooke
Faye highlighted complacency in community accepting odours
and not complaining.
Colleen put forward details of an incident where EPA was
notified via the after hours telephone answering service only to be told only
one complaint so therefore would not bother investigating as site was of no concern
to EPA. Colleen does not ring any more as considers exercise futile as EPA
does not respond. (Colleen clarified that her concern was a personal and
community one: she was not speaking for Council on this matter).
Quentin then reaffirmed EPA provides after hour service, 2
people in the evenings then answering machine. Field Officers assigned to
investigate complaints. Not aware that complaints are not taken seriously.
Phone operators are trained to take details, confirm complaints and send Field
Officers out to investigate. Unable to cover all complaints and issues.
Totally out of line for EPA operators to make those comments over the phone.
Details are kept of complaints and Quentin will investigate the matter further.
Action: Colleen to list issues and present to Quentin.
Quentin assessment for Terminals Pty Ltd accreditation
licence 6/4/04 hope to have put to authority for consideration. Corner stones
– operation of site – 3 years high level performance. Should be
achieved in April.
Michael asked if one significant incident in a 3 year period
would prevent company from obtaining accreditation. Quentin then answered not
necessarily, if several incidences then yes but otherwise no.
Bronwyn then presented WorkSafe report
Occupational Hygenist visit to Terminals Pty Ltd to investigate exposure
to product whilst unloading
Forklift incident registered in significant incident report
Sweeney Market Research – summary to be presented at the
Planning application for Terminals Pty Ltd
Peter felt forklift incidents would be relevant to many businesses.
Bronwyn then stated only Major Hazard measured in
of market research summary at next meeting
ITEM 5 CONFIRMATION
OF PREVIOUS MINUTES
Confirmed minutes of last meeting with two minor wording
alterations. Page 2 “Safety Case”, Page 3 “available to the
ITEM 6 CORRESPONDENCE
Correspondence out – None
Correspondence in: – Andrew
to be sent thanking him for his contribution
ITEM 7 ACTION
ITEMS FROM PREVIOUS MEETINGS
Quentin talked about the accredited licence procedure and
confirmed to committee that Terminals Pty Ltd should have accreditation by end
April. Quentin will provide more details when licence approved.
Improvement action report – Carlo to give to
ITEM 8 OTHER
George wrote a letter to the present providers, aired
complaints – no response and website still not updated from last
Recommend that we get another provider. Robin has sourced a
provider who will put forward a proposal. Michael suggested we keep website
simple. Robin and George will organise.
Action: George and Robin
New Product Storage
George spoke of Terminals Pty Ltd intention to store another
product at the West Melbourne site. Terminals Pty Ltd notified committee of negotiating
a contract for storage of another product and would like another special meeting
scheduled to advise of conceptual details of proposal. 6th May and
10th June. George will confirm with Robin within next week if
contract goes ahead.
Two special meetings to primarily focus on presentation of
storage details. Peter Brotherton suggested meeting to be open to public.
Quentin said that as site would already have accreditation, works approval
would not be necessary. Georges’ personal preference to present details
to committee first as commercial in confidence and then for 2nd
meeting to be advertised.
ITEM 9 AGENDA
FOR NEXT MEETING
ITEM 10 NEXT
SPECIAL MEETINGS 6TH MAY, 2004 and 10TH
SCHEDULED MEETINGS 15 or 22 JULY (date to be finalised
ASAP), 14 OCTOBER, 9 DECEMBER 2004.
MEETING CLOSED: 8:35 PM