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42.9.10 Operating Requirements
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The following shall be the responsibilities of the attendant:
- Prevent the dispensing of Class I liquids into portable containers that do not comply with 188.8.131.52
- Be familiar with the dispensing system and emergency shutoff controls
- Ensure that the vessel is properly moored and that all connections are made
- Be within 15 ft (4.6 m) of the dispensing controls during the fueling operation and maintain a direct, clear, unobstructed view of both the vessel fuel filler neck and the emergency fuel shutoff control
Fueling shall not be undertaken at night except under well-lighted conditions. [30A:11.10.2]
Before opening the tanks of the vessel to be fueled, the following precautions shall be taken:
- All engines, motors, fans, and bilge blowers shall be shut down.
- All open flames and smoking material shall be extinguished and all exposed heating elements shall be turned off.
- Galley stoves shall be extinguished.
- All ports, windows, doors, and hatches shall be closed.
After the flow of fuel has stopped, the following shall occur:
- The fill cap shall be tightly secured.
- Any spillage shall be wiped up immediately.
- If Class I liquid has been delivered, the entire vessel or marine craft shall remain open.
- Bilge blowers shall be turned on and allowed to run for at least 5 minutes before starting any engines or lighting galley fires. If bilge blowers are not available, 10 minutes of ventilation shall be required.
No Class I liquids shall be delivered to any vessel having its tanks located below deck unless each tank is equipped with a separate fill pipe, the receiving end of which shall be securely connected to a deck plate and fitted with a screw cap. Such pipe shall extend into the tank. Vessels receiving Class II or Class IIIA liquids shall have the receiving end of the fill pipe securely connected to a deck plate and fitted with a screw cap. Such pipe shall be permitted to connect to a manifold system that extends into each separate tank. Each tank shall be provided with a suitable vent pipe that shall extend from the tank to the outside of the coaming or enclosed rails so that the vapors will dissipate away from the vessel. [30A:11.10.6]
Owners or operators shall not offer their vessel or marine craft for fueling unless the following conditions exist:
- The tanks being filled are properly vented to dissipate vapors to the outside atmosphere, and the fuel systems are liquidtight and vaportight with respect to all interiors.
- All fuel systems are designed, installed, and maintained in compliance with the specifications of the manufacturer of the vessel or marine craft.
- Communication has been established between the fueling attendant and the person in control of the vessel or craft receiving the fuel so as to determine the vessel's fuel capacity, the amount of fuel on board, and the amount of fuel to be taken on board.
- The electrical bonding and grounding systems of the vessel or craft have been maintained in accordance with the manufacturer's specifications.
A sign with the following legends printed in 2 in. (50 mm) red capital letters on a white background shall be conspicuously posted at the dispensing area:
(1) Stop all engines and auxiliaries.
(2) Shut off all electricity, open flames, and heat sources.
(3) Check all bilges for fuel vapors.
(5) Close access fittings and openings that could allow fuel vapors to enter enclosed spaces of the vessel.
(1) Maintain nozzle contact with fill pipe.
(2) Wipe up spills immediately.
(3) Avoid overfilling.
(4) Fuel filling nozzle must be attended at all times.
(1) Inspect bilges for leakage and fuel odors.
(2) Ventilate until odors are removed.
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