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GTI delivers LNG awareness training

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Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and Marine Firefighting Inc., in conjunction with the Florida State College at Jacksonville Fire Academy of the South (FAS), recently trained more than 150 stakeholders and first responders in LNG awareness.

The LNG training programme was developed specifically for the Port of Jacksonville area stakeholders and included firefighters from the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Departments, the US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, and local area law enforcement agencies.

The training was the first step in future LNG specific training dealing with the LNG bunkering and storage facilities planned for Jacksonville.

The training programme was funded by a collaboration of companies currently participating in LNG projects, including TOTE’s Sea Star Line, JaxLNG, (a partnership of WesPac Midstream LLC and Pivotal LNG), the Florida East Coast Railway, the Crowley Maritime Corp., and Eagle LNG Partners.

The Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange (JMTX) worked closely with US Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville in seeking out potential members of the collaborative and garnering support from representatives of the local Area Contingency Planning (ACP) community.

The first class was a basic LNG awareness and safety class for first responders in the Jacksonville area. The participants received the instruction by Tom Guldner who is president of Marine Firefighting Inc. Tom's class explained the properties of LNG and also the many safety measures and emergency procedures in place that have given the marine transport of LNG one of the highest safety records.

Gas Technology Institute and Marine Firefighting Inc. will follow up with additional training for both first responders, LNG fuelled ships crews, and LNG facility workers both in Jacksonville, Florida and in Tacoma, Washington where another LNG bunkering operation is planned.

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