Bunkering Procedures

  1. Conduct a safety meeting with master and C/E . Discuss the bunker plan and which tank the bunkers is being taken in.
  2. Accordingly calculate the stability of the vessel. Keep a check on the stability of the vessel and all stages of bunkering taking into account the free surface effect at various Stages.
  3. Emergency  shut down procedure agreed.
  4. “B” flag or red bunker light on.
  5.  Seal the deck.
  6. Drip trays plugged.
  7. 3 way communication- bunker station, manifold and tank.
  8. Bonding wire and fire wire rigged.
  9. Fire fighting equipment ready- fire extinguisher and fire hose pressurised with emergency fire pump.
  10. Oil spill gear at manifold.
  11. Display “No Smoking“ signs and “No unauthorised persons on board“.
  12. Display emergency telephone numbers.
  13. Two means of access- forward part of vessel and access from ship to bunker station.
  14. Accommodation doors shut.
  15. Air-condition on internal circulation.
  16. Overboard to be checked regularly for any spillage.
  17. Contingency plan for fire or oil spillage.
  18. Entries in oil record book.
  19. Tank vents open.
  20. Flame arresters on vents.