MSS Case November: Overflow while bunkering
It was morning in the middle of summer and a vessel was loading alongside on the starboard side. The Chief Engineer had ordered a fuel truck to bunker marine diesel oil. The Second Engineer had asked one of the oilers to prepare the manifold for receiving fuel.
The fuel checklist had been completed by the Third Engineer and all scupper plugs on deck were in place. However, there was no risk assessment for the bunkering operation and no toolbox meeting was held before the bunkering took place.
The bunkering began at 09.00 and the oiler and Third Engineer were monitoring the operation by the starboard side bunker station.
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When discussing the case, please consider that the actions taken at the time made sense for all involved. Do not only judge, but also ask why you think these actions were taken, and could this happen on your vessel?