The second day on Lanzarote we sent our visitors away for a daytrip because we had to check on our Dieseltank and knew that this would take at least a day. We just wanted to check if somebody lives in our Dieseltank – because that’s honestly what it sounded like on our way from Essaouira to Lanzarote. All of a sudden, we had heard a loud beating out of the tank, as though somebody was hitting the walls telling us to let him out of that stinky beast. While sleeping on the bed above the tank I was imagining all kinds of scenarions: Could it be that someone threw stones in our tank and that they were pounding like that? Why would someone do that? Or did something fall into the tank when we filled up in Gibraltar? Or, as I was dreaming one night, is somebody living in there?
None of it was true: It was finally just the separation wall inside the tank that got lose as the waves were shaking Naïma around. The trouble is that when we opened the tank, we discovered a whole new world of problems: We had Diesel-pest, meaning stuff growing in the Diesel and feeding on it. Not good! It turned out that my instincts about someone living in the tank weren’t so bad after all. We were actually lucky that nothing had happened so far because if this stuff gets into your filters, you’re pretty much an engineless pirate.
Anyways, on the menu of the day was: opening the tank, pumping all the Diesel out, putting most of the Diesel in canisters, splashing the rest all over the floor, then cleaning the floor, the tank and putting the clean Diesel back in. Nothing easier than that.
After this little manoeuvre, the family was welcomed aboard again and they didn’t notice much, except that we were relieved and stinky.
Pumping out the Diesel (notice the hose and imagine the mess we made when we accidentally let go of it).
Once the Diesel was pumped out, this is what our tank looked like:
That’s the algaes that decided to live in our tank:
I had the priviledge of cleaning, myammmm:
Close-up nastiness 🙂
“The man” – also known as “the wall”. Bernie had to saw it apart and take it out.