Reduce Waste and Maximise Performance

 19th Mar 2015

Reduce waste and maximise performance using correct lubricant storage and handling procedures.

Below are some guidelines for handling, storing and dispensing marine lubricants:

Handling

  • Move drums and pails safely using correct lifting equipment
  • Do not drop drums and pails onto the deck
  • Take care when moving heavy drums and pails

 Storage

  • Store all drums and pails under cover
  • If drums must be stored on deck ­ raise off the deck, store with bungs downward or tilted to avoid water settling and cover with tarpaulin
  • Drums and pails must be securely tied
  • Ensure all drums and pails are properly labelled
  • Check regularly for leakage around drums and pails

Dispensing

  • Use first-in, first-out storage principle
  • Check dates on labels and use oldest products first
  • Clean drums and pails before opening
  • Use clean dispensing equipment
  • Do not mix different products
  • Replace lids and bungs properly after opening

Common causes of contamination, deterioration and waste that should be avoided are:

  • Damaged containers due to poor handling or storage arrangements
  • Water contamination with rain, sea water or condensation
  • Dirty dispensing equipment
  • Exposure to dust and dirt
  • Mixing different brands or product types
  • Exposure to excessive heat or cold
  • Product shelf life exceeded
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