The International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) – which promotes the interest of some 200 ports worldwide – has presented guidelines for the safe handling of LNG-powered vessels at port terminals.
The increasing uptake of LNG-fuelled newbuild and retrofitted vessels means terminals need to be ready to receive them and provide safe cargo handling during LNG bunkering operations.
Terminals need to prepare by reviewing their existing (terminal – vessel interface) safety procedures, given the risk level associated with this fuel compared to conventional fuel types.
The IAPH guidelines not only describe the required procedures and operational actions; they also set out how to maintain safety during the ship-to-ship bunkering of LNG-powered vessels.
The new guidelines are in line with IAPH’s policy of equipping port authorities with the necessary instruments to safely organise bunkering in their ports, which are receiving a growing number of calls from LNG-powered vessels.
The guidelines come out of the efforts of the IAPH Clean Marine Fuels (CMF) working group, which includes representatives of 13 IAPH member ports, including Amsterdam, Antwerp and Rotterdam.
The working group has translated the concepts of system safety, allocation of space and operational safety into practical instruments.
The guidelines are already in place in the port of Rotterdam, where they have been incorporated into a framework that guarantees safety during LNG bunkering in the port area.
The IAHP guidelines may be downloaded here.
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