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MSA Urges Recreational Boaties To Be Cautious

With a long holiday weekend coming up, the Maritime Safety Authority is warning recreational boaties not to take their boats out if they think their engines might be affected by contaminated diesel fuel.

The oil companies have confirmed that any diesel fuel taken on since 1 April 2001 is likely to be contaminated.

“Our message is one of caution. If you’ve filled up with diesel in the last two months you should not take the risk and go out in your boat,” said Russell Kilvington, Director Maritime Safety.

“Fuel tanks should be emptied and refilled with uncontaminated fuel before any trip is contemplated. The availability of clean fuel varies around the country and commercial boats are getting first priority.”

“If you want to refuel for this long weekend, we suggest you seek technical advice on how to empty your fuel tank. Anyone with an urgent need to replace contaminated fuel should contact their oil company to register their need.”

“There have also been concerns expressed about insurance coverage for boaties who go out knowing they have the contaminated fuel in their tanks. People should check with their insurer to clarify individual situations,” says Mr Kilvington.

ENDS

For further information contact;

Tony Martin
Deputy Director
04 494 1247
025 447 695

Helen Mojel
Public Relations Advisor
04 494 1221
025 243 2662

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