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Skangass completes LNG leak investigation

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Skangass and Fjord Line have concluded their investigation into the LNG leakage incident in May.

The incident occurred during truck to ship bunkering of MS ‘Bergensfjord’ in Risavika, Norway.

No one was injured during the incident and the vessel was not damaged. The investigation report also concluded that the incident did not cause any danger to passengers or crew on board the ship.

Tor Morten Osmundsen, Managing Director of Skangass, said: “Naturally Skangass will implement all remarks and preventive actions followed by the supervision of the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB) 24th June 2014, in addition to the additional safety measures already implemented. Skangass and Fjord Line are working closely together to make sure that preventive actions and procedures are synchronised between ship and shore.

“Our experiences from the incident will also be used to improve all bunkering operations by Skangass”.

The report concluded that the incident was due to a test of the ship’s stability system taking place at the same time as bunkering the MS ‘Bergensfjord’, which  resulted in a large exterior strain to the hose connection to the bunker station on board the ship.

The estimated leakage was 130 kg of LNG.

Mr Osmundsen added: “Skangass and Fjord Line will in cooperation with, among others, the emergency services, carry out relevant and realistic exercises related to incidents during the bunkering operation. The practicing of equipment, communication and organisation will improve our learning. We will become better prepared for managing unexpected incidents”.

Adapted from press release by

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