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Old 21-08-2018, 06:26   #1
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Diesel spill

We just experienced an onboard diesel fuel leak from the main supply pump. Fortunately none went overboard, and I'm actually glad I didn't install an automatic bilge pump! I estimate we lost about 20 liters into the boat bilge.

So, I pumped all the fuel into jerry cans and it will go to the local hazardous waste disposal this week. As far as I can tell all the actual liquid fuel has been captured in tanks or absorbent rag.

Now the problem is the smell. The entire boat reeks of diesel fuel. Linens and clothes and cushions are easy - I hope. A few cycles through the laundry for clothes and linen should do it. and some upholstery cleaner will hopefully deal with the cushions and seats.

I'm looking for suggestions as far as the bilge though. How have others dealt with cleaning the bilge after an oil or fuel spill? There is the odd drip here and there too. No matter how careful I tried to be handling tanks and hoses and stuff - I was constantly having to stop and sop up this drip or that.

God what a nightmare! Again I'm mostly thankful I didn't anoint my marina with oil... But any advice on the interior cleaning would be really appreciated.
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Old 21-08-2018, 09:26   #2
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I'm looking for suggestions as far as the bilge though. How have others dealt with cleaning the bilge after an oil or fuel spill? There is the odd drip here and there too. No matter how careful I tried to be handling tanks and hoses and stuff - I was constantly having to stop and sop up this drip or that.

It'll likely take several successive cleanings.

Stop the drips. Then work on everything from top down with degreasers (Zep, etc.), then some normal household cleaners (Dawn and/or Ka-Boom or whatever.

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Old 22-08-2018, 09:10   #3
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We just experienced an onboard diesel fuel leak from the main supply pump. Fortunately none went overboard, and I'm actually glad I didn't install an automatic bilge pump! I estimate we lost about 20 liters into the boat bilge.

So, I pumped all the fuel into jerry cans and it will go to the local hazardous waste disposal this week. As far as I can tell all the actual liquid fuel has been captured in tanks or absorbent rag.

Now the problem is the smell. The entire boat reeks of diesel fuel. Linens and clothes and cushions are easy - I hope. A few cycles through the laundry for clothes and linen should do it. and some upholstery cleaner will hopefully deal with the cushions and seats.

I'm looking for suggestions as far as the bilge though. How have others dealt with cleaning the bilge after an oil or fuel spill? There is the odd drip here and there too. No matter how careful I tried to be handling tanks and hoses and stuff - I was constantly having to stop and sop up this drip or that.

God what a nightmare! Again I'm mostly thankful I didn't anoint my marina with oil... But any advice on the interior cleaning would be really appreciated.
Go to a plumbing and heating supply store and ask for the "oil spill smell eliminator" . I can not remember exactly how they describe it, but oil heat techs use it to kill the oil smell from the minor spills when working with oil heat furnaces.
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Re: Diesel spill

We use a mix of 75% vinegar and 25% 409 or other degreaser / cleaner. Works well on most surfaces and helps with odor. Vinegar is available most places around the world so it makes a good degreaser last 4 times as long when cruising.
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I find that "greased lightning" is very effective at cleaning up diesel and eliminating the odor.
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It'll likely take several successive cleanings.

Stop the drips. Then work on everything from top down with degreasers (Zep, etc.), then some normal household cleaners (Dawn and/or Ka-Boom or whatever.

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Thanks for the tip. Zep seems to work really well!
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