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New Self-Serve Fuel System at Eastbourne Marina


In early June 2018, Sovereign Harbour’s fuel system will undergo an upgrade. This upgrade – an investment of £150,000 - will see the replacement of the current dispensing pumps and operating software, giving customers the ability to pay-at-pump with a fully automated self-service system upon the completion of the works. To enable this upgrade, the fuel tanks were opened and cleaned on 16th and 17th May in preparation for the new fuel dispensing equipment to be installed.

After this initial closure, the fuel pontoon will then be closed again on 4th June for 10 days (until 14th June) to enable the upgrade works. During the closure in June, Premier have arranged for a Gas Oil (Marine Diesel) tanker to attend the marina (located adjacent to A/B/C pontoons) between 08:00 and 13:00 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week of the closure. If you require fuel, please call the Marina Reception in advance to secure a slot – also, please note that there will be a minimum order of 400 litres per fuel sale.

Berth holders are encouraged to fuel up ahead of the closure, and to view the temporary dispensing system as an emergency option due to the limited amount of fuel the marina can dispense in a day.

Once the new self-serve pumps are installed at the South Coast marina, there will be a short bedding-in period during which the marina will continue to operate the fuel bay as an attended service. When satisfied with the system’s operation, you will be advised that the pumps are ready to self-serve fuel.

Berth holders will need to sign a fuel declaration form, collect a red fuel fob and be shown how to use the facility in order to draw fuel at cost. To sign the form and obtain your fuel fob, please call into the Marina Reception after 21st June.

If you have recently visited Premier’s Brighton Marina you will be aware that our fuel bay is self-serve and operates with the same ease as fuelling up a car at service station and for our Sovereign Harbour Berth Holders and customers, it will be particularly beneficial as it will take away the need to call reception and wait for fuel service.

Dan Heckford, Marina Manager, said: “The fuel system at Eastbourne is some 16 years old and is showing its age. The software is becoming unreliable and the thought of repeated breakdowns is less than appealing. This new installation will give berth holders a self-service experience which will speed up taking fuel and the payment process. At the same time as the fuel storage tanks are being serviced, we will install CCTV onto the fuel pontoon which will further enhance our environmental controls. We appreciate the timing is difficult in June, but the associated groundworks and upgrades to the tanker delivery area would certainly take longer with more downtime on the fuel pontoon if we carried out this procedure in early spring or autumn. The ability to dispense diesel on a limited basis should help, but berth holders are encouraged to fill up before we close on 4th June.”

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