Refuelling Precautions

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vessel at dockside being refuelled.

Extreme caution should be used while refuelling, because gasoline vapours are highly explosive. Use the following steps to refuel safely.

  1. Moor vessel securely. Make sure an extinguisher designed for oil fires is handy.
  2. Shut off engine. Anyone not involved with fuelling should leave the vessel.
  3. Extinguish all cigarettes, stoves, heaters, or any other open flame. Turn off exposed lights.
  4. Close hatches, doors and ports. Take portable tanks ashore.
  5. Don’t use electrical switches.
  6. Ground the fuel nozzle against the filler pipe. Do not overfill the tank.
  7. Wipe up any spills. Turn on the blower for at least five minutes, and ventilate cabins and enclosed spaces.
  8. Check for vapour odours with a "sniffer" device and by smell.
  9. Start engines, and allow crew to reboard.
  10. Keep a fire extinguisher handy.

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