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What checks to be done prior and during bunkering?

06 Jul '17, 02:08

July 6, 2017, 2:08 a.m.
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Bunkering Checklist contains checks and procedures which to be conducted, completed and appropriate checklist entries signed by both ship's crew and bunker barge representative. Example of Bunkering Checklist

After bunker barge secured alongside the vessel Chief Engineer and barge representative must conduct a Pre-Bunkering meeting where Bunkering Plan, related operational and safety topics should be discussed. At the same time, they start filling the Bunkering Checklist along with items being checked and discussed.
When Pre-bunkering meeting finished and required procedures successfully carried out the bunkering operations may be commenced. During bunkering, relevant In-Progress checks to be carried out and Checklist and Bunkering Plan Checks section filling continue. On completion of operations, the Post-Bunkering checks must be conducted and countersigned in Bunkering Checklist and Plan.

Common Bunkering Checklist items:
- Barge permissions to go alongside the 
ship.
- The fenders have been checked, are in good order and there is no possibility of metal to metal contact.
- Adequate electrical insulating means are in place in the barge-to-ship connection.
- All bunker hoses are in good condition and are appropriate for the service intended.
- The barge is securely moored.
- A safe means of access between the ship 
and barge arranged.
- Effective communications
have been established between Responsible
 Officers.
- There is an effective watch on board the barge and on the ship.
- Fire hoses and firefighting equipment on board the barge and ship are ready for immediate use.
- All scuppers are effectively 
plugged. 
Drip trays are in position
on decks around connections and bunker tank vents.
- The initial line-up has been checked and unused bunker connections are blanked and fully bolted.
- The transfer hose is properly rigged and fully bolted and secured to manifolds on ship and barge.
- Bunker tank contents will be monitored at regular intervals.
- There is a supply of oil spill clean-up material (SOPEP equipment) readily available for immediate use.
- The main radio transmitter aerials are earthed and radars are switched off.
- Fixed VHF/UHF transceivers and AIS equipment are on the correct power mode or switched off.
- Smoking rooms have been identified and smoking restrictions are being observed.
- Naked light regulations are being observed.
- All external doors and ports in the accommodation are closed.
- Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) for the bunker transfer have been exchanged where requested.
- The hazards associated with toxic substances in the bunkers being handled have been identified and understood.
- Benzene checks are being carried out to check that the same is below the threshold value - regular repetitive checks required.
- Deck roving watch by duty AB/OS during bunkering - regular repetitive checks required.
- Take soundings of Non- bunkering tanks also - regular repetitive checks required.

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