Saturday, March 7, 2015

Stand Down!

Although we weren't able to take full advantage of it, we had Saturday off here at HAWSEPIPER's Afloat Global HQ/Self Storage Emporium. First time in a LONG time, and a chance to get caught up on generator maintenance, logbooks, and all sorts of mundane but important crap that people want us to do.

 The only downside, and I'm not really complaining here, is that we didn't KNOW we were having the day off. Oil that is sitting in our tanks keeps getting colder as the recipient isn't ready to take it yet, and the discharge time gets marched back slowly in 6 hour increments. So, when I was expecting to wake up at midnight on Sunday to start discharging it, I wasn't entirely surprised to see that the discharge time was marched back right up another 14 hours... so I get another watch off, and our oil gets colder, pushing the point where it's not pumpable... but we'll have to see, I guess.


Anonymous said...

So what do you do with a tank of oil that gets too cold to pump?

Paul, Dammit! said...

You pump hot oil on top of it, give it an hour or two, then pump it ashore. If it all doesn't go, you get as much out as you can in a few hours, add more hot oil on top of it, repeat. The worst I ever did was after superstorm Sandy, where the oil sat for 3 weeks. It took days to get it out, and we burnt up the pumps in the process, but we did get it out.