Originally Posted by John Kennett
I reckon that support crews with trailers is probably the best way to do it. It's not as straightforward as fueling at the quayside, but at least you can get supermarket prices
support crews? it just takes it further away from people trying to do it on a budget with a small outboard Rib, not a diesel Rib.
On Round Ireland last year, if there were any misgivings from local council, harbourmasters etc about the fuelling operation, I was not privy to them and the operation ran smoothly, with only supportive people on the quayside.
The friendliness and enthusiasm of everyone for the event was evident. When playing catch up to the event last year, and short of fuel I had to come into Wicklow, where the local street cleaner took me and 2 x 20 litre cans 3 miles to the local petrol station in his car. (ok he was smoking - but the window was open in the car
The email from HMS said that this enthusiasm from officialdom at local level, was far from the case with Round Britain discussions on the fuelling issue. It seems like any 'organised' flotilla with a requirement for lots of petrol, is going to run into problems, whether fuelled from a professional tanker operation, or from a score of tow vehicles filled with plastic tanks.
I suspect, that apart from the H and S issues, licensing issues, associated with refuelling a flotilla, local councils like to know someone is responsible
, culpability - in case of accident or pollution. As the event organiser do you accept that responsibilty for a fleet or Ribs, conducting their own refuelling operation?