Today, leading classification society ABS released a report entitled Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-Fueled Marine Vessels in North America. The study provides guidance to potential owners and operators of gas-fuelled vessels, as well as LNG bunkering vessels and facilities, to help them obtain regulatory approval for projects.
ABS Vice President for Global Gas Solutions, Patrick Janssens, said: "As the potential for LNG-fuelled vessels in North America continues to grow, uncertainty exists on how to meet various regulatory requirements. It has become very clear to us while conducting this study that the visionary projects teams who properly plan their path to compliance can be successful.
"This report lays out an integrated approach to addressing the federal, state, provincial and local requirements that may impact LNG bunkering infrastructure. The ABS Global Gas Solutions team is prepared to help stakeholders successfully address each level of regulatory compliance."
Complied by ABS and ABS Group, the report provides an overview of the requirements of various regulatory bodies including the IMO, US Coast Guard, Transport Canada, US Environmental Protection Agency and the many state and local authorities involved in a bunkering project. The report includes a recommended procedure for meeting such requirements and obtaining approval for the LNG bunkering infrastructure project.
The report addresses a number of key considerations for any LNG bunkering project, including reviewing potential bunkering options; identifying potential hazards and risks and recommending potential safeguards; presenting state, local and port-specific issues; and summarising applicable regulations and outlining a process for meeting those requirements and ultimately obtaining project approval.
"This is the first comprehensive study of its kind that clearly identifies a path forward for regulatory approval of LNG bunkering practices and infrastructure in North America," said ABS Group Vice President for Global Initiatives, Chuck Mitchell. "This report is only one step in the continued development of robust LNG service offerings of ABS and ABS Group. As we learn more from each project, and as regulatory requirements mature, we will continue to update this report in order to provide industry-leading advice to stakeholders in the LNG fuel market."Click here to access the full report.
Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe
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