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    Default Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    Just a heads up, a friend of our was in Ostende about 2 weeks ago. He was the only UK boat there.

    Had the usual visit from customs - then they asked about what diesel was in his tanks, he then produced the receipt but it didn't make any difference. Fined for having red diesel.

    500 Euro fine + tankage.

    New finance minister apparently and is very anti red diesel usage. They even fined two Belgian yachts with red in their tanks.
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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    Thats a deff....not going to Belgium

    Any news on Holland?
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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    Quote Originally Posted by Tomahawk View Post
    Thats a deff....not going to Belgium

    Any news on Holland?
    I too would like to know, I'm been planning a trip to Holland for months
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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    How apart from cans, does one fill with white diesel? Am I right in thinking most Marinas only sell red. Doesn't garage diesel with its bio content have a detrimental affect on engine seals?
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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    Quote Originally Posted by Boz View Post
    How apart from cans, does one fill with white diesel? Am I right in thinking most Marinas only sell red. Doesn't garage diesel with its bio content have a detrimental affect on engine seals?
    Don't confuse practicality with legality! Why would the rule makers and their advisors (presumably in this case the RYA) be bothered with how we achieve what they have written! ;-)
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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    Quote Originally Posted by Alchemist V274 View Post
    Don't confuse practicality with legality! Why would the rule makers and their advisors (presumably in this case the RYA) be bothered with how we achieve what they have written! ;-)
    I was under the impression that the RYA were (are) on our side with this issue, I rather suspect that their lobby voice falls on deaf ears or ears tuned to other things......
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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    Quote Originally Posted by Boz View Post
    How apart from cans, does one fill with white diesel? Am I right in thinking most Marinas only sell red. Doesn't garage diesel with its bio content have a detrimental affect on engine seals?
    Very difficult to get white diesel in cans from British garages because erroneously (according to Ipswich trading standards) they will only allow you to have 2 gallons in a can, unless you can find a "pay at pump" at the dead of night! Reported this to Shell and the RYA but they didn't think it was an issue, but they were not fined in Ostende were they?

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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    MMmm I've been using a 20ltr can up to now but you've put doubt in my mind and I'll have to be more furtive in future. At the end of the day, they can't put it back .... I suppose they can confiscate it.... but....
    with a 160 litre tank in the boat that's a lot of diesel to hump about at least for KOS like me....
    Last edited by Boz; 24-07-15 at 09:04.
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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurrawong_Kid View Post
    Very difficult to get white diesel in cans from British garages because erroneously (according to Ipswich trading standards) they will only allow you to have 2 gallons in a can, unless you can find a "pay at pump" at the dead of night! Reported this to Shell and the RYA but they didn't think it was an issue, but they were not fined in Ostende were they?
    Petrol is restricted to 2 gallons in one can, for storeage or carriage.

    Diesel cans are not restricted.

    Use another garage.

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    Default Re: Ostende and red diesel - BEWARE

    The cloggies manage with bio and have done there past ten ➕ yrs.
    Some Brits get too far under the bonnet
    Ps, the cloggies are still able to buy seaqueen too but most of us are too stupid to be allowed to.
    Last edited by sailorman; 24-07-15 at 13:40.

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