No more diesel spills

Infrastructure management supervisor Marc Dufresne unveiled on June 19 a new nozzle that will be used to fuel locomotives. Ultramar driver Jean-Claude Bouthillier, who was delivering the fuel, placed the nozzle adapter in the locomotive tank and then attached his truck’s hose to it.  The nozzle’s sensor detects when the tank is full and automatically stops the fuelling. Not a single drop is spilled. Nathalee Loubier, the Port of Montreal’s environmental advisor, congratulated Dufresne’s team. “It’s an excellent initiative,” she said.

Small spills while fuelling vehicles are more or less considered inevitable, and there is a tendency to ignore them because they are minor. But spilling a couple of drops in the same spot over a period of 20 years will result in soil contamination.

To solve the problem, the Port of Montreal thought about building a concrete filling area where a trough would recover any spilled fuel. It would have been an efficient and worthwhile solution but an expensive one – to the tune of $600 000 – until infrastructure management director Robert Sauvé discovered the famous filling nozzle through a Google search. The nozzle costs less than $2,000. It is based on the same principle as those used at gas stations, but is a thousand times more effective. For example, it is used to fuel airplanes while in flight, a procedure that requires precision and a perfect coupling.