Portable tank special provisions

Portable tank special provisions are assigned to certain substances to indicate provisions which are in
addition to or in lieu of those provided by the portable tank instructions or the requirements in
Chapter 6.7. Portable tank special provisions are identified by an alpha numeric code beginning with
the letters "TP" (tank provision) and are assigned to specific substances in Column (11) of Table A of
Chapter 3.2. The following is a list of the portable tank special provisions:
TP1 The degree of filling prescribed in 4.2.1.9.2 shall not be exceeded.
 
TP4 The degree of filling shall not exceed 90% or, alternatively, any other value approved by
the competent authority (see 4.2.1.16.2).
TP5 The degree of filling prescribed in 4.2.3.6 shall be met.
TP6 To prevent the tank bursting in any event, including fire engulfment, it shall be provided
with pressure-relief devices which are adequate in relation to the capacity of the tank
and to the nature of the substance carried. The device shall also be compatible with the
substance.
TP7 Air shall be eliminated from the vapour space by nitrogen or other means.
TP8 The test pressure may be reduced to 1.5 bar when the flash point of the substances
carried is greater than 0 °C.
TP9 A substance under this description shall only be carried in a portable tank under an
approval granted by the competent authority.
TP10 A lead lining, not less than 5 mm thick, which shall be tested annually, or another
suitable lining material approved by the competent authority is required.
TP12 (Deleted)
TP13 (Reserved)
TP16 The tank shall be fitted with a special device to prevent under-pressure and excess
pressure during normal carriage conditions. This device shall be approved by the
competent authority.
Pressure-relief requirements are as indicated in 6.7.2.8.3 to prevent crystallization of the
product in the pressure-relief valve.
TP17 Only inorganic non-combustible materials shall be used for thermal insulation of the
tank.
TP18 Temperature shall be maintained between 18 °C and 40 °C. Portable tanks containing
solidified methacrylic acid shall not be reheated during carriage.
TP19 The calculated shell thickness shall be increased by 3 mm. Shell thickness shall be
verified ultrasonically at intervals midway between periodic hydraulic tests.
TP20 This substance shall only be carried in insulated tanks under a nitrogen blanket.
TP21 The shell thickness shall be not less than 8 mm. Tanks shall be hydraulically tested and
internally inspected at intervals not exceeding 2.5 years.
TP22 Lubricant for joints or other devices shall be oxygen compatible.
TP23 Deleted.
TP24 The portable tank may be fitted with a device located under maximum filling conditions
in the vapour space of the shell to prevent the build up of excess pressure due to the
slow decomposition of the substance carried. This device shall also prevent an
unacceptable amount of leakage of liquid in the case of overturning or entry of foreign
matter into the tank. This device shall be approved by the competent authority or its
authorized body.
TP25 Sulphur trioxide 99.95% pure and above may be carried in tanks without an inhibitor
provided that it is maintained at a temperature equal to or above 32.5 °C.
TP26 When carried under heated conditions, the heating device shall be fitted outside the
shell. For UN 3176 this requirement only applies when the substance reacts dangerously
with water.
TP27 A portable tank having a minimum test pressure of 4 bar may be used if it is shown that
a test pressure of 4 bar or less is acceptable according to the test pressure definition
in 6.7.2.1.
TP28 A portable tank having a minimum test pressure of 2.65 bar may be used if it is shown
that a test pressure of 2.65 bar or less is acceptable according to the test pressure
definition in 6.7.2.1.
TP29 A portable tank having a minimum test pressure of 1.5 bar may be used if it is shown
that a test pressure of 1.5 bar or less is acceptable according to the test pressure
definition in 6.7.2.1.
TP30 This substance shall be carried in insulated tanks.
TP31 This substance may only be carried in tanks in the solid state.
TP32 For UN Nos. 0331, 0332 and 3375, portable tanks may be used subject to the following
conditions:
(a) To avoid unnecessary confinement, each portable tank constructed of metal shall
be fitted with a pressure-relief device that may be of the reclosing spring-loaded
type, a frangible disc or a fusible element. The set to discharge or burst pressure,
as applicable, shall not be greater than 2.65 bar for portable tanks with minimum
test pressures greater than 4 bar.
(b) For UN 3375 only, the suitability for carriage in tanks shall be demonstrated. One
method to evaluate this suitability is test 8 (d) in Test Series 8 (see Manual of
Tests and Criteria, Part 1, Sub-section 18.7).
(c) Substances shall not be allowed to remain in the portable tank for any period that
could result in caking. Appropriate measures shall be taken to avoid accumulation
and packing of substances in the tank (e.g. cleaning, etc).
TP33 The portable tank instruction assigned for this substance applies to granular and
powdered solids and to solids which are filled and discharged at temperatures above
their melting point which are cooled and carried as a solid mass. For solids which are
carried above their melting point, see 4.2.1.19.
TP34 Portable tanks need not be subjected to the impact test in 6.7.4.14.1 if the portable tank
is marked "NOT FOR RAIL TRANSPORT" on the plate specified in 6.7.4.15.1 and
also in letters of at least 10 cm high on both sides of the outer jacket.
TP35 Deleted.
TP36 Fusible elements in the vapour space may be used on portable tanks.
TP37 Deleted.
TP38 Portable tank instruction T9 prescribed in ADR applicable up to 31 December 2012 may
continue to be applied until 31 December 2018.
TP39 Portable tank instruction T4 prescribed in ADR applicable up to 31 December 2012 may
continue to be applied until 31 December 2018.
TP40 Portable tanks shall not be carried when connected with spray application equipment.
TP41 With the agreement of the competent authority, the 2.5 year internal examination may be
waived or substituted by other test methods or inspection procedures, provided that the
portable tank is dedicated to the carriage of the organometallic substances to which this
tank special provision is assigned. However this examination is required when the
conditions of 6.7.2.19.7 are met.

 

4.3

USE OF FIXED TANKS (TANK-VEHICLES), DEMOUNTABLE TANKS, TANK-CONTAINERS AND TANK SWAP BODIES WITH SHELLS MADE OF METALLIC MATERIALS, AND BATTERY-VEHICLES AND MULTIPLE-ELEMENT GAS CONTAINERS (MEGCs)

NOTE: For portable tanks and UN multiple-element gas containers (MEGCs) see Chapter 4.2; for fibrereinforced
plastics tanks, see Chapter 4.4; for vacuum operated waste tanks, see Chapter 4.5.

Scope

Provisions which take up the whole width of the page apply both to fixed tanks (tank-vehicles),
demountable tanks and battery-vehicles, and to tank-containers, tank swap bodies and MEGCs.
Provisions contained in a single column apply only to:
- fixed tanks (tank-vehicles), demountable tanks and battery-vehicles (left-hand column);
- tank-containers, tank swap bodies and MEGCs (right-hand column).

These provisions apply to:

fixed tanks (tank-vehicles), demountable tanks
and battery-vehicles
  tank-containers, tank swap bodies and MEGCs

used for the carriage of gaseous, liquid, powdery or granular substances.

Section 4.3.2 lists the provisions applicable to fixed tanks (tank-vehicles), demountable tanks, tankcontainers
and tank swap bodies, intended for the carriage of substances of all classes, and to batteryvehicles
and MEGCs intended for the carriage of gases of Class 2. Sections 4.3.3 and 4.3.4 contain
special provisions adding to or amending the provisions of Section 4.3.2.

For requirements concerning the construction, equipment, type approval, tests and marking, see
Chapter 6.8.

For transitional measures concerning the application of this Chapter, see:

1.6.3.  |    1.6.4.

Provisions applicable to all classes

Use

A substance subject to ADR may be carried in fixed tanks (tank-vehicles), demountable tanks, batteryvehicles,
tank-containers, tank swap bodies and MEGCs only when provision is made for a tank code
according to 4.3.3.1.1 and 4.3.4.1.1 in Column (12) of Table A in Chapter 3.2.

The required type of tank, battery-vehicle and MEGC is given in code form in Column (12) of Table
A in Chapter 3.2. The explanations for reading the four parts of the code are given in 4.3.3.1.1 (when
the substance to be carried belongs to Class 2) and in 4.3.4.1.1 (when the substance to be carried
belongs to Classes 1 and 3 to 9)1.

The required type according to 4.3.2.1.2 corresponds to the least stringent construction requirements
which are acceptable for the dangerous substance in question unless otherwise prescribed in this
Chapter or in Chapter 6.8. It is possible to use tanks corresponding to codes prescribing a higher
minimum calculation pressure, or more stringent requirements for filling or discharge openings or for
safety valves/devices (see 4.3.3.1.1 for Class 2 and 4.3.4.1.1 for Classes 3 to 9).
 
1 An exception is made for tanks intended for the carriage of substances of classes 1, 5.2 or 7 (see 4.3.4.1.3).

For certain substances, tanks, battery-vehicles or MEGCs are subject to additional provisions which
are included as special provisions in Column (13) of Table A in Chapter 3.2.

Tanks, battery-vehicles and MEGCs shall not be loaded with any dangerous substances other than
those for the carriage of which they have been approved according to 6.8.2.3.1 and which, in contact
with the materials of the shell, gaskets, equipment and protective linings, are not liable to react
dangerously with them (see "dangerous reaction" in 1.2.1), to form dangerous products or appreciably
to weaken these materials2.
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