The US Maritime Resource Center’s (USMRC) Maritime Simulation Institute said its inaugural LNG bunkering Person in Charge (PIC) course, which ran from 7 - 11 July, was a success. The course was developed on behalf of Harvey Gulf International Marine as it prepares to launch its first dual-fuel (DF) offshore supply vessel, which will run predominantly on LNG.
USMRC is adding similar courses every month for the remainder of 2014 to accommodate future demand.
The course is taught by experts with extensive hands-on LNG experience and is being offered ahead of any United States Coast Guard (USCG) regulations governing LNG bunkering. It was developed in accordance with the draft amendments to Chapter V of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), approved by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
The course reflects recent policy guidance on LNG bunkering issued by the USCG and was developed in close collaboration with the flammable gas subject matter expert and LNG safety and emergency response instructors at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy (MFA) located in Stow, Massachusetts. The course includes live LNG firefighting and practical emergency response drills at the MFA.
USMRC’s Maritime Simulation Institute used simulation technology provided by Wärtsilä to incorporate an LNG bunkering simulation component to the course.In addition to Harvey Gulf personnel who attended the LNG bunkering PIC course, the session also was audited by USCG marine inspectors and representatives from the USCG’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise and the American Bureau of Shipping.
USMRC is in the process of developing other maritime training and education programmes for the industry on subjects relating to the emerging use of low flash point fuels as marine fuel.
Edited from various sources by Ted Monroe
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