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DOT Issues at Statement Regarding New ICAO Instructions

January 29th, 2019 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, HazMat, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) understands that many offerors and carriers of hazardous materials in international transport will soon be adhering to requirements in the internationally-adopted 2019-2020 International Civil Aviation Organization’s Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions) and Amendment 39-18 of the International Maritime Organization, International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code). The Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) currently authorize offerors and carriers to use the 2017-2018 Edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions and Amendment 39-16 of the IMDG Code.

PHMSA gives notice that while it determines whether to adopt the 2019-2020 Edition of the ICAO Technical Instructions and Amendment 39-18 of the IMDG Code, it will not take enforcement action against any offeror or carrier who is using these standards when all or part of the transportation is by air with respect to the ICAO Technical Instructions, or all or part of the transportation is by vessel with respect to the IMDG Code. In addition, PHMSA will not take enforcement action against any offeror or carrier who offers or accepts, for domestic or international transportation by any mode, packages marked or labeled in accordance with these standards. This enforcement discretion will be exercised by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, and the United States Coast Guard.

This notice is limited to the use of the standards incorporated by reference in 49 CFR § 171. 7 ( t) and (v). Offerors and carriers must comply with all other obligations under the HMR and other applicable laws. This notice will remain in effect until rescinded or otherwise modified.

Now a sizeable reference, 2019 marks 21 Years of the Skolnik Blog!

January 22nd, 2019 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: HazMat, Industry News, Skolnik Newsletter

We’ve been providing news and information in our Newsletter for more than 20 years. Combining our knowledge of the steel drum industry, the UN regulatory arena, the global network of people that we know, and our often frank observations, the Skolnik Blog has more than 1,000 articles on these special topics.

For our Dangerous Goods folks, there are topics regarding Closure Instructions, Regulatory updates including advance notice of changing regulations, answers to questions about drum coatings, options and UN markings.

For our Wine connoisseurs, there are topics relating to stainless steel winemaking, cork and other closing options, exhibition announcements and highlights of wine newsmakers.

The Blog is divided into topical categories, topical links, and archived newsletters. You can search by topic, date, or category. Also, you can leave comments, updates or ideas for future stories. Most importantly, if you have a question or a suggested topic, please leave a comment in the blog.

It’s time to ditch your corkscrew!

January 16th, 2019 by Jon Stein

Filed under: Skolnik Newsletter, Wine

Writing for CNBC, Sarah Whitten writes that “Canned wine isn’t just a passing summer fad, it’s a $45 million business”. Wine in cans with pull-tops instead of corks isn’t new, but it has become a staple for young drinkers over the last few years and the trend shows no sign of slowing down. Sales of canned wine grew 43 percent in the U.S. from June 2017 to June 2018, according to BW 166, a beverage alcohol market research firm.

While canned wine is still a tiny portion of the wider industry, with about 0.2 percent of total wine sales, it’s growing rapidly thanks to millennial drinkers, according to Nielsen data. By comparison, bottled wines grab nearly 90 percent of the industry’s sales, but are growing much more slowly. (Boxed and bagged wines take the remaining market share.) In her article Whitten explains that “Compared with previous generations, today’s young adults are more likely to drink wine than beer”. Ray Isle, executive wine editor at Food & Wine, also told CNBC that “Millennials don’t have as much disposable income, making more affordable wines in cans more appealing”. On average, a 750-milliliter bottle of wine will cost between $11 and $25. Whereas, canned wine drinkers pay about $4 to $7 for a 375-ml can. These cans are the equivalent of a half of a bottle or, about 2.5 glasses of wine. Some wineries are packaging their wine into even smaller cans of 250 ml (about two glasses of wine) and 187 ml (about one glass of wine).

These cans can be brought to places that glasses cannot, like the beach, the park and campsites. Wine cans are also easier to recycle than glass bottles and are seen as less pretentious to casual drinkers.

Devon Broglie, master sommelier and chairman of the Court of Master Sommeliers Americas division, said canned wines are “very drinkable” and a “solid value for the money.” While he predicts the incredible growth of the canned wine industry will start to stabilize over the next few years, he expects the market will continue to expand in selection and quality.

Another major benefit of aluminum cans is environmental. According to the Container Recycling Institute, aluminum cans are recycled 45.2 percent of the time in the U.S., glass bottles 27.8 percent. Many localities don’t accept glass for recycling. Even the carbon footprint of shipping the wine is reduced: The same amount of wine weighs less in aluminum than in glass.

Here at Skolnik Industries, our stainless steel wine barrels are reusable, easy to clean, and recyclable at the end of their service life. check out the full line of our Stainless Steel Wine Drums here.

Do UN Steel Drums Expire?

December 25th, 2018 by Howard Skolnik

Filed under: DOT/UN, Skolnik Newsletter

It is important to know that once a certified UN steel drum is manufactured, it can be invalidated, but it never expires! What is critical is that the certification test report is valid when the drums are manufactured. Though certification on the steel drum does not expire, it can be deemed noncompliant if the components used in the drum are not as those specified in the Closure Instructions from the original steel drum manufacturer, or the most recent re-manufacturer.

To fully understand this distinction, drums that are regulated by the DOT, have to be manufactured within 12 months of the Performance Test Report date. If a specific drum is tested on Jan 1, 2018, a manufacturer can continue to manufacture that drum until Dec 31, 2018 under the conditions granted by the Performance Test Report. In order to continue the flow of production, a new replacement test, and Test Report, would have to be in force before Dec 31st 2018, and this would give certification to drum manufactured from the Test date as noted in the Report, for 1 year from that test date. Drums will then have a UN durable mark and permanent mark that indicate the year of manufacture. This is an example of a Performance Test Report.

Once a drum enters use and is in the field, there is no expiration date. However, the drum will always be subject to the closure instruction for that drum. Usually, closure instructions will include an inspection of the gasket or other critical components of the drum. It is the shippers responsibility to be sure that all components are in a like condition as when the drum was new. If DOT were to inspect a 10 year old drum and test it, they would expect it to perform to the original Test Report.
At Skolnik, we keep a list of all our testing expiration dates. This allows our customers to know that the drums they are using regularly have ongoing testing. www.skolnik.com/uncertifications