- To minimize the risks of explosion and pollution
- The Master is responsible for verifying that this procedure is followed.
|1||Check that the dispensing point is equipped with appropriate firefighting appliances.|
|2||Put all passengers ashore and clear any refuelling equipment.|
|3||Turn off pilot lights to gas refrigerators.|
|4||Cut off electric power at main switch.|
|5||Close all hatches and openings to prevent fumes from getting into the hull and the bilge.|
|6||Turn off all mobile phones. Do note smoke.|
|7||Place a discharge bucket under air/overflow pipe and close scuppers in case of overflow.|
|8||Have a cloth at hand to catch any spills. Use one for the filler hose and one to monitor airflow from the fuel tank vent. Have sawdust/oil spill equipment ready.|
|9||When refuelling, do not start the dispenser until the outlet nozzle is inserted in the tank. Hold the nozzle open by hand only – do not lock or jam the trigger of the dispenser in the open position.|
|10||Keep the hose touching the filler neck at all times during refuelling to prevent static sparks.|
|11||Carefully monitor the filling rate to avoid overfilling.
Use your hand where possible to check for air escaping from the vent. When the tank is nearly full, you will feel a distinct increase in airflow which is the signal to stop filling.
|12||Do not remove the filter hose until the fuel flow has stopped.|
|13||Lift the hose to drain all remaining fuel into the tank|
|14||Thoroughly clean up all surface spills with an absorbent cloth|
|15||If fuel has spilt into the bilges, pump the bilges manually into sealed containers or pump ashore and leave boat wide open for at least 30 minutes to vent.|
|16||When completely satisfied that the boat is free of fumes, start the blower and let it run for [four minutes – more if that’s the manufacturer’s recommendation].|
|17||Start the engine before allowing passengers to board.|
|18||Dispose of absorbent cloths, sawdust or other fuel soaked items properly.|
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