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USCG publishes Policy Letters on LNG bunkering

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The US Coast Guard (USCG) has published two new Policy Letters on LNG Bunkering, Personnel Training and Waterfront Facilities.

USCG points to DNV GL’s Recommended Practice for ‘Development and Operation of LNG Bunkering Facilities’ for guidance on simultaneous operations (SIMOPS).

The guidance aims to tackle the risks created in small scale LNG bunkering, as US ports do not currently have LNG liquefaction and storage facilities in place. These risks are covered in DNV GL’s Recommended Practice RP-0006: 2014-01 on the Development and Operation of LNG bunkering. DNV GL developed the Recommended Practice to help facilitate the development of an international LNG infrastructure while waiting for the final release of the ISO 18683 workgroup document on systems and installations for supply of LNG as fuel to ships, which was released on 15 January 2015 and builds on DNV GL’s RP.

USCG’s LNG Expert, Ken Smith, General Engineer at the Office of Vessels’ and Facilities’ Operating Standards, said: “DNV GL is already doing everything the USCG could hope for and more, and we recognise and appreciate the vast experience and in-depth expertise that DNV GL has when it comes to LNG as fuel, both here in the US and internationally. The recommended practices and standards that you issue and the work you have done in other technical committees are helping to shape our policies and regulations in this area.”

Tony Teo, Technology and Business Director North America, added: “The early phases are essential when performing risk assessment in the context of LNG bunkering […] They set the boundaries for risk acceptance, define the scope and lead either into a scenario-based or to a full quantitative risk assessment.

“We recommend carrying out a full quantitative risk assessment with the aim to demonstrate that overall safety targets are met, evaluate and select safeguards and risk reducing measures and eventually confirm or develop safety zones. A quantitative or probabilistic risk assessment as against the consequence risk method is based on our 30 years data bank refined from the UK Health and Safety Executive.”

The USCG Policy Letters on Guidance for the Use of Liquefied Natural Gas as a Marine Fuel are available here.

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