Plan your bunker operation.
Safe bunkering operations require careful planning.
An implemented and properly used “Bunkering Safety Check-list” is a necessary tool to prevent unexpected events.
Bunkering is a cooperation process involving many parties.
- The bunkering operation to be performed in accordance with bunkering instructions and international rules
- Before and after bunkering, make sure that the quantity and quality of the supplier’s fuel conform to the order placed
- Take fuel samples in accordance with valid international rules and store the sample bottles (min. 2 bottles) in accordance with the shipping company’s instructions
- Proper communication to be established between the vessel and the fuel supplier
- Engine room and bunker station to be manned
- Do not mix new and old fuel unless their compatibility has been verified
- Verify that red signal flag is hoisted and/or bunker light is switched on
- Start bunkering cautiously and increase the flow slowly until the desired flow has been reached
- Test the communication between the bunker station and the bunker valve centre now and then
- Hot works are prohibited when fuel or other inflammable liquids are bunkered
- Bunkering to be registered in the oil record book
- Test the bunker before use
Read more: Instructions for engine room officers.