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New guidelines for LNG emergency and incident response

LNG Industry,

The Rhine Port Group has released the results of a recent LNG emergency and incident response study.

The Rhine Port Group comprises the Port of Rotterdam, the Port of Antwerp, the Port of Mannheim, the Port of Strasbourg and the Port of Switzerland. The study was executed under the EU-funded project, ‘LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube’.

Emergency response

The document informs emergency response organisations how to prepare themselves to manage credible LNG incidents on inland navigation along the Rhine-Main-Danube corridor. The target group of the study is emergency responders in the inland waterway transport (IWT) sector, consisting of emergency response organisations such as fire brigades and port authorities.

Mr. Specht, First Major of the City of Mannheim and Chief of the fire department, commented: “This document is of high quality and ready to land at the right spot where the report is needed: at Fire Departments and Port Authorities.”

The consortium of Falck RISC and the Unified Fire Department was chosen in 2014 to execute the study.

LNG on inland waterways

The recent introduction of international carriage of LNG on European inland waterways has introduced a new phenomenon for Emergency Services and Port Authorities.

Van der Veen, Managing Director of Falck RISC, added: “We were very pleased to execute this study. I truly believe the bottom line - for now - is that people who are in need of this knowledge and these insights are enabled to get professional upgrade LNG emergency response education and practical training. This gap should be given highest priority.”


Van Dooren, LNG Masterplan Rhine Scenario Coordinator, concluded: “Emergency response organisations in the entire Rhine-Main-Danube area, ranging from Rotterdam to Constanza, will benefit from this study.”

The report can be downloaded from the LNG Masterplan website.

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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