A rogue ‘mother ship’ might follow a tanker or cargo ship out from port, and then send a fleet of powerboats to attack it in the middle of the night.
We have also added basic instruction in tactical questioning, so that each tanker is introduced to being a sensor and learns how to question civilians or other people they encounter.
The driver was unaware the load was leaking and was only stopped by police as the tanker approached the slip road at junction 5 of the M65, several miles away.
His neighbour describes the scene: ‘I looked out of the window and I saw the tanker coming down the road,’ she says.
One lane of a motorway interchange will remain closed for up to two days after the smash yesterday in which a tanker carrying hot bitumen came off an M60 slip road and landed on a roundabout, hitting two cars and a lorry.
A further boarding party from Portland then arrived to check that the tanker was carrying the cargo of water specified on her manifest.
By practicing these drills daily, every tanker should be as skilled at these techniques as any member of a light infantry battalion.
According to a log sheet found at the scene, the tanker was carrying 8000 litres of 97 octane fuel and 18600 litres of diesoline.