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Gard Guidance Masters GENERAL

Bunkering operations should be Critical Shipboard Operations, or at least Special Shipboard Operations, under the vessel’s SMS in accordance with the ISM Code. The slightest mistake may result in catastrophic pollution by fuel oil, which, in view of the chemical consistency and properties of fuel oil

  • has a more serious impact on the maritime environment, and
  • makes clean-up more difficult and expensive.

    Consequently, the Company and the vessel should have developed and effectively implemented written procedures for

  • bunkering operations alongside, and
  • bunkering from a barge.

    Many port authorities have special bunkering operations guidelines which must be followed to avoid any claims falling on the vessel, the Company and finally the P&I insurer for pollution or other damage caused during bunkering operations.