The first output from one of six working groups has been written and compiled by a learned group of experienced individuals from across the SGMF membership and the objective of the guidelines is to provide the bunkering industry with the best practices in order to ensure gas-fuelled ships are re-fuelled with high levels of safety, integrity and reliability.
The LNG Bunkering – Safety Guidelines include chapters on LNG Hazards (Leaks, Cryogenic, LNG Fire and Explosion), Safety Systems (Roles, People in Charge, Communications and Emergency Systems), Bunkering Procedures (Before, During and After) and Specific Safety Guidance for Ship to Ship, Shore to Ship and Truck to Ship Bunkering.
Klas Ljungmark, Principal Technical Advisor for SGMF and Secretary for the LNG Bunkering – Safety Guidelines working group, said all credit must go to the working group members involved in the team. The working 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 – SGMF, stated this 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.”