Irving Oil completes conversion of crude oil railcar fleet
SAINT JOHN, Canada --Irving Oil has completed the conversion of its proprietary fleet of crude oil railcars to the Association of American Railroads' (AAR) recommended specifications for DOT-111 railcars constructed after October 1, 2011.
In February, Irving announced it would voluntarily remove its older-model railcars from service no later than April 30, 2014. The completion of the fleet upgrade supports Transport Canada' s announcement yesterday on enhanced protection standards for rail cars, which stem from recommendations made in January by the Transportation Safety Board.
"We took the voluntary position of converting our proprietary fleet ahead of regulation after the Transportation Safety Board made a strong recommendation in January to do so," says Paul Browning, President & CEO of Irving Oil.
The AAR specifications recommend that DOT-111 railcars built after October 2011 be constructed with reinforcements and enhancements that have been reported to reduce the risk of product loss if these railcars are involved in derailments.