Fuelling Operations for a pleasure craft

the procedures to take when fueling a pleasure craft with gas or diesel

  1. moor the craft
  2. shut down engines
  3. extinguish all open flames
  4. do not smoke in fueling area
  5. switch off all electrical equipment
  6. ensure all persons not involved, go ashore
  7. close all doors, windows and ports
  8. move portable tanks ashore
  9. ground nozzle to filler pipe
  10. do not over fill tanks
  11. clean up spillage
  12. activate blower for 4 minutes after fuelling is complete and before starting m)check for fuel vapors

Prior to Engine Start-up

After completing your pre-departure checklist and safety briefing, you should run the blower for at least 4 minutes and check for fuel vapors prior to starting your engine. This applies after fueling operations, as well. The pre-departure checklist consist of the following::

  • sufficient fuel supply
  • adequate fluid levels
  • engine maintenance manual handy
  • battery fully charged
  • marine weather forecast checked
  • bilge pump operates and manual pump available
  • tools and spare parts(battery, fuses, spark plugs, belts ) stowed properly
  • navigation light function properly
  • trip plan prepared
  • VHF radio operational (if applicable )
  • safety equipment complies with regulations

Ignition Protection

Every boat that has a gasoline engine or uses propane devices must have ignition- protected electrical devices. These parts are designed and made so that, under normal conditions, they will not ignite gasoline or propane fumes or vapour. This protection prevents sparks from escaping during use.

  • use only ignition protection grade parts
  • do not replace marine parts with automotive parts – they are not designed for the marine environment
  • have your boat serviced by a licensed professional