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Falck Risc to draw up LNG guidelines

LNG Industry,

Together with the Unified Fire Department, the Dutch company Falck Risc is to draw up guidelines and recommendations for emergency response services in dealing with LNG. This study is part of the LNG Masterplan Rhine-Main Danube and will be ready at the end of this year. As coordinator for the Rhine Corridor in this European project, the Port of Rotterdam Authority is in charge of the research project.

Falck Risc and the United Fire Department won the tender for an LNG safety study commissioned by the EU (TEN-T) as an important part of the LNG Masterplan. René de Vries, Harbour Master at Port of Rotterdam, said: “Their pragmatic approach will lead to direct input on how to act in case of an LNG incident in the inland navigation sector. Emergency response organisations in the entire Rhine-Main-Danube area, ranging from Rotterdam to Constanta (Romania), will benefit from this study.” Together with the ports of Antwerp, Mannheim, Strasbourg and Switzerland, the outcome will lead to practical advices and strategic methods on how emergency response can be aligned for inland navigation.

Harmonised framework

“This study is a big step towards creating a harmonised and efficient European regulatory framework for LNG as fuel and cargo in inland navigation”, said De Vries. This was “one of the main aims of the LNG Masterplan.” The research for the study is now in progress and the final report is expected at the end of 2014. The proposed recommendations will be send to the EU to create an unified set of regulations and guidelines about the transport and use of LNG for inland shipping.

Arjen Littooij, general director Safety Region Rotterdam Area opened the very first northwest European Falck-LNG-training facility for LNG on the Rotterdam Maasvlakte.

Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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