Having sailed with many Greek mariners, the illegal crossover pipe from cargo to bunker systems Is called the Klepsi Pipe as Klepsi Is Thief in Greek. When I was a cadet with a nameless UK Shipping Co, both the C/E's on this particular coaster had diesel landrovers which had long range tanks and Middlesborough port calls were utilised for fuelling them in the middle of the night.Was called out at 03.00 one morning to relieve a super who was docking an SD14 in Pernis(Rotterdam), as his wife was having a baby in Hong Kong. The orders were to get the engine started and go to Antwerp to load. Left on trials after I'd had all 16 fuel valves reconditioned, (a Deutz Vee 16 main Engine), as only two were, "ticking", when the engine was running! The crew were all Philippines, before leaving I asked the c/e for his FoB, when we arrived at Antwerp I asked for a new set of figures, he had forty tons more than when he left Rotterdam! Bloody good engines! Didn't believe him so went around with him and dipped all tanks, found another fifty tons!(Thumb)
Another story I was told, by a senior Super, was about a Greek vessel about which the charterer had asked the Super to, "Have a look at". It seems that the vessel, (Handy size tanker(45k DWT)), had not been taking much bunkers for the last four voyages. Inspection of the under plates area of the pump room revealed a six inch section of pipe running from bulk head to bulkhead! In the engine-room there was an under plates connection to this pipe, with valves, that led to the main bunker pumping system! (Cloud)
This was not uncommon.It seems that the vessel, (Handy size tanker(45k DWT)), had not been taking much bunkers for the last four voyages. Inspection of the under plates area of the pump room revealed a six inch section of pipe running from bulk head to bulkhead! In the engine-room there was an under plates connection to this pipe, with valves, that led to the main bunker pumping system! (Cloud)
Oh we still have the oil record book - it is now such a high maintenance, super critical, micro scrutinised piece of paperwork it is quite normal to only have one guy allowed to touch it - it is the best way to make sure it balances. I used to give it to 4/Es or if we had one the J/E as they took care of all waste oil movements.In the old days, the normal on any ship I sailed on was the “Oil Record Book”, filled in each day at noon by the Chief Engineer, after the 4th engineer carried out his soundings, the “Oil Record Book” was the actual contents of the tanks, which was stored in a rack outside CEO’s office door, the mate had complete access to the “Oil Record Book”. In the computerised age, we do not have the “ Oil Record Book”, we have the server, the 4th engineer still puts his soundings in the computer and everybody can view them. It was never the case that the Mate did not know the actual quantity’s in the tank.
But the CEO still had his Reserve/Buffer, difference between actual and official tonnes on board.
Your posts are kind of confusing, are reserves different from fiddling the bunkers.
Your 3 posts in this thread are as follows
"Reserve bunkers are no secret - Everyone is aware of them and in fact are necessary on liner service."
"It was his old man who put me right on reserve bunkers"
& your last
"If people are fiddling bunkers or on the take, what else are they up to?"
Where do the reserves come from in the first place, who is paying for them ?
How about the trick of getting hot or cold fuel oil at the test point when going on or off charter & being surveyed, a few degree's one way or the other and there you are just what is needed.
Is that fiddling or maybe just creating or getting rid of the reserves.
The scrap barrel.. Bob Birse 2EO was the man in Bank Line, off in the lifeboat in Tarawa 1965, hacksaws and the gas axe, all hands who where of duty, chopping up the Singapore guns, transferred and installed in Tarawa during WW2 by the Japanese, the scrap was flogged in Aussie and shared down the line or went to the party with the girls.Joe, now that you bring it up I remember the scrap barrel belonging to the
2/E who would guard it very carefully. He would hand out some of the proceeds but alot of seconds that I knew (*)) ended up with new cars without touching their wages.