The PHMSA will not take enforcement action against anyone who fills a DOT-specification cylinder used to transport a Division 2.2 non-flammable gas provided the cylinder meets all requirements of the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR; 49 CFR Parts 171-180) except that the cylinder is overdue for periodic requalification by no more than 12 months.Due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, and rising number of coronavirus cases in most US states (particularly Arizona, California, Florida and Texas), the PHMSA has extended a notice it initially issued in April.In the extension notice, the PHMSA said, “…Many members of the medical and industrial gas industry may continue to experience difficulty in obtaining cylinders due to the increased demand for these gases or a disruption in the normal business model for cylinder exchanges. This has made it difficult for the industry to consistently obtain cylinders which can be filled in accordance with the requalification provisions…”This relief applies only to transportation by motor vehicle, and does not extend to transport by air, vessel, or railroad.
Flight CV7687 from Luxembourg to Sao Paulo Viracopos International airport was the first-ever commercial operation of a B747-8F into the country. The Brazilian authorities only recently certified Boeing’s flagship freighter to fly in its airspace. Until now, Cargolux has only been able to deploy its smaller, less fuel-efficient B747-400 freighters into Brazilian gateways. “The 747-8F will further support airfreight exports from Brazil, permitting export commodities like automotive parts, pharmaceutical products and fruits to reach their markets throughout the world in a more fuel efficient and, therefore, sustainable way,” said Pier Curci, Cargolux vice president the Americas. www.cargolux.com