Committee is run by : Abel Ferreira

Fuel Committee

Fueling your vessel is not a right but a privilege at the PYC. All members wishing to use the fueling facilities must first understand how to use the pumps and how to deal with a potential spill.  Hence ALL users must sign off on the form below and understand spill prevention.  

Season Review Acknowledgement (REQUIRED)

New requirement is to return your signed invoice with yearly dues payment verifying that you have downloaded the SPCC manual and read it.
Check off your name in the Hours Journal at the Poughkeepsie yacht Club office.

I understand that each boating season I am required to review the manual as a requirement in order for me to have authorization to use the PYC fuel pumps. I have reviewed the manual and evidence my agreement to abide by the PYC SPCC Plan as outlined in the PYC SPCC Training Manual.
— Season Review Acknowledgement Form

Reportable Spill Emergency Contact Reporting:

In the event of a reportable spill, the PYC employee/member discovering the release will contact the Local Fire Department by dialing 911 as soon as possible after the incident has occurred.
Contact preference is listed in prioritized order on the Internal Reporting list. If spill discharge to surface water is imminent, emergency contacts/agencies should be notified as described below.

Internal Reporting:

In the event of a spill, the following internal contacts shall be called:

a) SPCC Coordinator Abel Ferreira 845-471-8496
Alt# 845-483-0400
Asst Coordinator Ernie Klopping 845-889-4242

b) Fuel Chairman Abel Ferreira 845-471-8496
Alt# 845-483-0400

c) PYC House Chairman Chuck Dobson
d) PYC Commodore Mark Van Demark
e) PYC Vice Commodore Rudy Colich
f) PYC Rear Commodore John Menghini


Spill Prevention Training Manual

Boom is fully deployed from vessel and secured to Service Dock.

Boom is fully deployed from vessel and secured to Service Dock.

All members who wish to use the fuel pumps must understand the fueling procedures and ALSO sign off on the acknowledgement form.

Step 1, read the spill prevention Training manual.

Step 2, contact the fuel chairman for hands on training.

Step 3, sign off on training;
return your yearly dues invoice signed
sign the hours journal in PYC office

Step 4, use pumps responsibly and with great care.


The intention of a Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) Plan is to establish the procedures and equipment required to prevent the discharge of oil and hazardous substances in quantities that violate applicable water quality standards, cause a sheen upon or discoloration of the surface of navigable waters or adjoining shorelines, or cause sludge or emulsion to be deposited beneath the surface of the water or upon adjoining shorelines. The Plan also establishes the activities required to mitigate such discharges (i.e., countermeasures) should they occur.
— PYC SPCC Training Manual

Click on the button to download the PYC  SPCC Training Manual:

After reading the SPCC Manual - Test Your SPCC Knowledge

Pop Quiz:

1) What does SPCC stand for?
2) In the event of a reportable spill, who does the spill discoverer internally call first?
3) What does the acronym MSDS stand for?
4) Name the 4 key components of an SPCC Plan:
5) A __________________ is a temporary floating barrier used to contain an oil spill.
6) Fill in the blanks for what a reportable spill discoverer must do:
Assure that no ____________ to ____________ ________ exists.
________________________ any sources of __________________.
Attempt to _________ the _____________ at its _______________.
_________________ the material ___________________________.
Report the incident internally to the PYC ______ _____________
or ________________________ _____________________ first.
What’s your PYC SPCC Test Your Knowledge Score? _________

Contact Fuel Chair For Training on pumping fuel

Read the procedures below and schedule a hands-on review session with the Fuel Chair.

Before opening tanks of vessel to be fueled:

All engines, motors, fans, and bilge blowers shall be shut down. All open flames and smoking material shall be extinguished and all exposed heating elements shall be turned off. Galley stoves shall be extinguished. Extinguish all smoking materials. All ports, windows, doors, and hatches shall be closed that could allow fuel vapors to enter enclosed spaces of the vessel.

 During Fueling:

1. Maintain nozzle contact with fill pipe.

2. Wipe up spills immediately.

3. Avoid overfilling.

4. Fuel filling nozzle must be attending at all times.

Remember the SWIMS Procedure:

  • Stop the leak

  • Warn others

  • Isolate the area

  • Minimize your exposure

  • Standby to assist spill responders

After the flow of fuel has been stopped:

1. The fill cap shall be tightly secured.

2. Any spillage shall be wiped up immediately.

3. Bilge blowers shall be turned on and allowed to run for at least 5 minutes before starting any engines or lighting galley fires. If bilge blowers are not available, 10 minutes of ventilation shall be required or until odors are removed.