What other precautions should be taken when bunkering?

The master should ensure:

(1) that a risk assessment is made; (2) that procedures in the SMS are followed; (3) that local and international regulations are complied with throughout the operation; (4) that scupper plugs are fitted before commencing bunkering; (5) that drain plugs in manifold and fuel tank air pipe containment save-alls are in place before commencing bunkering; (6) that communications are established with the supply control position and signals to be used are understood by both sides; (7) that a maximum pumping rate and pressure are agreed with the supplier; (8) that the condition of hoses and couplings is checked before (and after) bunkering; (9) that blanks and numbers of required nuts and bolts, etc. are checked before bunkering; (10) that the required hose lengths (allowing for ranging of vessel) are checked before bunkering; (11) that valves are in the required positions before bunkering and that tank vent pipes are free from obstruction; (12) that barge or shore tank soundings and/or meter readings are checked before (and after) bunkering to help avert any problems concerning quantity; (13) that frequent soundings are taken during the bunkering operation; (14) that the rate of delivery is slowed down while topping off; (15) that ample warning is given to the supplier to reduce the delivery rate and final shutting off; (16) that accurate soundings of tanks are taken after bunkering and compared with pre-loading soundings to determine the quantity delivered; and (17) that the Oil Record Book and deck and engine room log books are completed immediately after bunkering with accurate details of the operation.

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