Is your LPG compliant for insurance purposes?
If you use LPG gas onboard your vessel please be aware that many insurers are now requiring that your gas installations are certified.
We recommend that you:
- Fit gas detectors into your bilge area with two sensors, one in the vicinity of your gas appliances and one at the lowest point where gas is likely to accumulate (usually in the bilge).
- Only ever have gas work done by a qualified gas installer
- Get your gas work certified and provide your insurance company with the details. Boats not only require a gas certificate but also require the work to be lodged on the Energy Safety website high risk database, which your qualified gas fitter will take care of for you.
Aaron Mortimer of Mariner Marine Insurance says that with the regulations being modified in 2010 and 2013, it is possible that some boaties are buying boats that previously were compliant and now are not. If the survey indicates any concerns about the gas system, cover will be made dependent on certification from a gas fitter, or Mariner will ask for the gas bottle to be removed until the system is certified.
The Plumbers, Gas Fitters and Drainlayers board says that a gasfitting certificate is the gasfitter’s verification that the gasfitting work is lawful and compliant, and it has guidelines for selecting a tradesperson to help you and for verifying the tradesperson is properly qualified.
“One of our customers had a scary near miss recently when his cabin and bilge was filled with gas,” says Westhaven Manager Kevin Lidgard. “Fortunately this was noticed by our dockmasters in the knick of time, but the end result could easily have been very different, in the worst case injury or death, with significant damage to this vessel and neighbouring crafts.”
If you are in any doubt, please have your gas installations checked, and discuss it with your insurance company.
For more detailed information, please look up the NZS 5428:2006-LPG installations for non-propulsive purposes in caravans and boats - or ask your qualified gas installer for details.
Also look out for the September issue of Boating New Zealand magazine which will include a useful feature for those needing to know more about gas installation onboard.