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ABS releases ‘Guide for LNG bunkering’

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The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) has announced that it has published its ‘Guide for LNG Bunkering’, which provides standards for the design, construction and survey of LNG bunkering systems on board vessels.

Christopher J. Wiernicki, the President and CEO of ABS, said: “This industry-leading guide incorporates our expertise in the safety aspects of LNG storage and handling, as well as LNG as fuel.

“As a technology leader, ABS is always looking ahead, anticipating the needs of industry and finding ways to advance safety in new and emerging areas like LNG bunkering vessels.”

The guide sets out standards for LNG bunkering systems fitted to vessels intended for ship-to-ship (STS) LNG transfer. It also addresses bunkering station safety, lifting and hose handling equipment, control, monitoring and emergency shutdown safety systems and emergency release systems.

Howard Fireman, ABS Chief Technology Officer, said: “This guide comes just as shipowners and operators are looking for the best refuelling option for their unique fleets and as the LNG supply chain is considering the right LNG bunkering solutions to meet those fleet needs.

“ABS worked closely with industry to develop guidance that addresses the latest technologies in LNG bunkering systems and supports development of these systems in a safe manner.”

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