Our oil transfer requirements apply to bulk oil-transfer operations moving product to or from vessels. These operations can happen at regulated facilities, between vessels, or at pier. We use inspections to ensure the use of proper equipment and procedures during transfers, including advance notice of the transfer operation and pre-booming of the transfer area.
Historically, bulk oil transfers contributed to the majority of spills in state waters. Our oil transfer rules help prevent these kinds of spills from non-recreational vessels. These rules apply to regulated facilities and vessels that deliver oil in bulk over or near navigable waters of the state.
Oil transfer requirements outline the procedures and equipment standards needed for safe oil transfers. Our oil transfer rules generally focus on the following elements:
- Oil transfer equipment requirements.
- Guidance and training for oil handling personnel.
- Limitations on maximum work hours.
- Communication and coordination between transfer personnel.
- Twenty-four hour advance notice of oil transfers.
- Applying boom prior to the transfer and weather restrictions.
Read more information about how this program applies to facilities and vessels.