In my post on helipads on board, I briefly mentioned the issue of fuel storage. It’s not that simple at all if you want to do it safely. Yes, you can take a few portable fuel tanks like you use on your RIB with an outboard engine but what about say 2.000 liters (500 gallons) or more?
Well, start thinking about double walled tanks (cofferdams), special pump rooms, all kind of detection systems, etc. etc. I have started to look into building a fuel tank inside the starboard stern fuel tank. Whether it fits depends on the required cofferdam space between the new tank and the existing tank walls. You need to be able to crawl around for inspection purposes and be able to weld the new tank into the existing tank. We’d probably end up using like 10 m3 of space to create a 0.3 m3 tank (26.315 / 800 gallons). Hardly an efficient use of space. On the other hand, it IS very convenient to have ample storage inside the vessel!
And what’s the alternative? Put say 400 of these somewhere?? Not really.
But, thanks to our ever inventive friends in Germany, land of BMW’s, Weißwurst and other good things that make life better, I ran into a very interesting solution. Our own containerized gas pumping station!
The gentlemen at Krampitz build an amazingly wide variety of (portable) tank solutions. This standard 10 ft. container comes with electronic leak indicator, overfill protection system, transfer pump, switch board, static lead indicator, fire extinguisher, and more. It’s CSC approved so any shipping company will carry it. Capacity: a whopping 10.000 liters (about 2.630 gallons).
Amazing huh? Imagine, going cruising for a few months and know you have all the avgas or jetfuel that you need to fly as much as you want.