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SGMF releases LNG bunkering safety guidelines

LNG Industry,

The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) has released the 1st edition of the LNG Bunkering – Safety Guidelines.

The objective of the guidelines is to provide the bunkering industry with the best practices, in order to ensure that gas-fuelled ships are refuelled with high levels of safety, integrity and reliability.

The guidelines contain sections on LNG hazards, safety systems, bunkering procedures and specific safety guidance for ship-to-ship (STS), shore-to-ship and truck-to-ship bunkering.

Klas Ljungmark, Principal Technical Advisor for SGMF, mentioned that all the credit should be given to the working group members involved in putting together the guidelines. The group consisted of employees from SGMF members, including the Swedish Maritime Authority, Shell, MOL Group, Lloyd’s Register, DNV GL, Norwegian Maritime Authority, Alkane Marine and IAPH.

Mark Bell, General Manager at SGMF, stated that this is a “critical time for the industry to have reliable guidelines that everyone can follow but also now build upon with experience of operations. It’s about keeping a safety record and ensuring to the best of our knowledge and ability that this process is carried out in the right way, these guidelines will become a key reference for the industry to help make that a reality.”

Adapted from press release by Katie Woodward

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