The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) has published two new guidelines to improve the safety of LNG-fuelled ships by promoting more standardisation in crew competency and vessel design
SGMF’s Operation of ships with Liquefied Natural Gas – competency and assessment guidelines define the skills required for any party involved in preparing, storing, handling and using gas as a marine fuel.
SGMF general manager Mark Bell said “The rhetoric around LNG is rising to fever pitch, but SGMF remains a calm voice calling for consistent safety standards to be applied to the most widely available of shipping’s alternative fuels. We are delighted our working groups have been able to contribute further to the consolidation of safety standards with these two important publications.”
As LNG uptake continues to grow, safely transporting and transferring LNG remains a priority. Previously, SGMF published emergency shutdown (ESD) guidance detailing the monitoring and control of ESD systems.
Chair of SGMF Working Group 14 and general manager, GTT Training, Ray Gillet said “To ensure these vessels are operated safely and efficiently, it is important crews fully understand what they are dealing with. These guidelines provide a basis for operators and training organisations to implement the necessary training to achieve that aim.”
A new technical guidance note recommends the best locations for bunker manifolds or bunker stations on gas-fuelled ships. The guidance complements existing SGMF documentation on manifold arrangements and is intended to promote compatible bunkering operations across a widening range of bunkering facilities and installations.
SGMF Working Group 6.5 member and former ABS Group Consulting LNG Services manager Bob Kamb noted, “Seafarers frequently complain that ship designers don’t have to sail the ships they build. This guidance alleviates that complaint by providing a decision support framework for optimising bunker manifold location. This is a useful tool resulting in safer, easier-to-implement and more efficient LNG bunkering operations.”
Both publications can be accessed along with other guidance free as part of SGMF membership. Non-members can also purchase hard copies. The abstract for one of the papers – Gas as a Marine fuel can be accessed here.
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