Precautions When Refuelling a Vessel

In Case Of A Spill In A Harbour

Static Electricity – A Fire Hazard During Refuelling

Static is the electricity produced on dissimilar materials through physical contact and separation. A spark generated by static can ignite flammable vapour.
A static electrical charge can build up when refuelling as the fuel moves through the pipe. A risk also exists when sounding sampling or washing a fuel tank.
To safeguard against build up of static electricity the refuelling system must be bonded and grounded. The filler attachment is connected to the tank either by a direct metal-to-metal connection or by a copper ground cable of suitable size. The filler pipe must extend into the bottom of the tank, and the tank should be connected to the vessel’s bonding system.


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