Glasgow-based Stream Marine Training (SMT) is working with Belgium-based consultant CryoAdvise and industrial gas supplier BOC to develop Scotland’s first specialist LNG training course.
The course aims to drive safety standards for LNG operations. SMT’s course, which includes cryogenic testing, launched with CALMAC ferries. Caledonian Maritime has ordered two dual-fuel ferries, to be built by Ferguson Marine on the River Clyde.
Scotland is positioning itself as a prospective North Sea bunkering and small-scale distribution hub. Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM), ExxonMobil, Babcock International and Calor Gas have launched Caledonia LNG, an Orkney-based venture.
And shipowner Stolt-Nielsen may base one of the two 7,500m³ LNG bunker-supply ships it has ordered from Keppel Singmarine at the Port of Rosyth. Stolt-Nielsen is working with UK LNG importer Flogas to develop Rosyth as a distribution hub.
SMT is delivering the course monthly, but can also offer it on demand. It offers the two-day training courses at its headquarters at Glasgow Airport and at BOC’s Scottish sites at Cambuslang and Motherwell.
The course provides an introduction to LNG and the drivers for using the product as a fuel. It covers the properties, ecology, hazards, regulations and economic facts associated with LNG.
SMT head of operations and technical Tony In’t Hout said: “The aim of this new partnership is to create a centre of excellence for LNG training within our world-class training facilities. We have developed the course in response to a surge in uptake in LNG consumers and, in particular, an increased training demand from smaller operators within the LNG market.”
The company runs some 30 accredited courses for more than 100 clients, including Disney Cruises, Caledonian MacBrayne and P&O Ferries, at new Glasgow headquarters and at a survival-craft training centre at James Watt Dock on the Clyde.