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Gas and low-flashpoint fuels code adopted by IMO

18 June 2015

Stavangerfjord-top-deck-LNG-Fuelled Ship CREDIT-FJORD LINE ESPEN GEESThe new mandatory code for ships fuelled by gases or other low-flashpoint fuels was adopted by IMO's Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) at its 95th session which took place on 3-12 June 2015, at the organisation's headquarters in London. The MSC adopted the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code), along with amendments to make the Code mandatory under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). The IGF Code contains mandatory provisions for the arrangement, installation, control and monitoring of machinery, equipment and systems using low-flashpoint fuels, focusing initially on LNG. 

The amendments to SOLAS chapter II-1 (Construction – Structure, subdivision and stability, machinery and electrical installations), include amendments to Part F Alternative design and arrangements, to provide a methodology for alternative design and arrangements for machinery, electrical installations and low-flashpoint fuel storage and distribution systems; and a new Part G Ships using low-flashpoint fuels, to add new regulations to require ships constructed after the expected date of entry into force of 1 January 2017 to comply with the requirements of the IGF Code, together with related amendments to chapter II-2 and Appendix (Certificates).

The MSC also adopted related amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), and STCW Code, to include new mandatory minimum requirements for the training and qualifications of masters, officers, ratings and other personnel on ships subject to the IGF Code. The amendments also have an entry into force date of 1 January 2017, in line with the SOLAS amendments related to the IGF Code. 

For more details, please check the press release here.

Photo credits: FJORD LINE ESPEN GEES

Antwerp Port Authority is committed to greening the port equipment

1 June 2015

On 18 May 2015 the kick-off for the study on driving mechanisms of port equipment in the port of Antwerp took place.  This study is being carried out by HaskoningDHV Belgium on behalf of the Antwerp Port Authority. The researchers will initially create an inventory of all equipment deployed in the port area, both for the handling of goods at the terminals and the transport of goods between different terminals. Next to getting a clear and complete picture of the equipment fleet in the port, the goal is to make an assessment of local pollutants (particulate matter, NOx, SOx, CO2) that are being emitted by these vehicles. To that end, HaskoningDHV Belgium will interview the terminals in the port.

In addition, the Port Authority asked the consultants to propose alternative driving mechanisms, including alternative fuels such as hydrogen and LNG. The alternative driving mechanisms will be compared with regard to technical, economic and environmental aspects. This should allow the Port Authority to make the right strategic choices in facilitating efficient environmental technologies. For example, a project call for greening the port equipment will be announced on 23 September 2015 at the Transport & Logistics fair in Antwerp. The first call has already been successfully launched in 2011.

The results of the comparative study will also be shared with the public in November 2015. The Innovation & Networks Executive Agency (INEA) of the European Commission supports the initiative of the Port Authority by co-financing the study with 50% under the European project LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube, which aims to boost the use of LNG as fuel and as cargo in European inland waterways.

LNG Masterplan project disseminated at Transport Logistic 2015

11 May 2015

The project partner Maritime Danube Ports Administration Galati (APDM Galati) presented their LNG Masterplan activities at the international Transport Logistic Fair in Munich (5 - 8 May 2015).

The Transport Logistic Fair, organised every two years, is considered to be the most important platform for the logistics and transport industry at European and global level. It addresses both issues affecting the industry today as well as the future innovation potential.

The APDM representatives provided to the interested parties information about the LNG Masterplan project itself and stressed investment opportunities for developing a LNG terminal in the port of Galati. Based on the preliminary feasibility study the LNG terminal would serve an important hinterland in south-eastern Romania. APDM intends to undertake necessary steps in the current EU funding period (2014-2020) to facilitate the deployment of such a terminal.

European Commission sets up Sustainable Transport Forum

08 May 2015

The Commission adopted a decision (23 April 2015) on setting-up an Expert Group on alternative transport fuels – the Sustainable Transport Forum (STF). A new Expert Group shall help the Commission to advance the application of the Clean Power for Transport strategy and facilitate the implementation of Directive 2014/94/EU.

The STF shall be composed of experts, including Member States' authorities responsible for the development of alternative fuels and stakeholders active in the transport and energy related areas. The open call for applications has been published on the DG MOVE website and is open until 18 May.

TEN-T Days - 22-23 June, Riga

08 May 2015

The European Commission will organise the 2015 TEN-T Days in Riga, Latvia, including indoor / outdoor exhibition, test driving and a high-level policy conference. The event is supported by the Latvian presidency and participants will learn about funding opportunities, including on CNG and LNG, and will be able to meet and discuss with EU officials and representatives of Member States. LNG Masterplan project will be present with a stand at the TEN-T Days Exhibition. The project partners are encouraged to share the information, e.g. leaflets, dissemination material, etc., about their activities within LNG Masterplan with the Coordinator, who will represent the LNG Masterplan consortium.

Registration have now opened, please visit the conference website.

LNG Masterplan seminar organised by MIT/RINA in Ravenna

4 May 2015

LNG Logo colourIn order to contribute to the LNG Masterplan project's sub-activity dealing with the elaboration of a policy advocacy document called “LNG Masterplan – Guidelines and Recommendations”, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport together with RINA have organized on 8 April 2015 an Italian LNG Seminar at the Port Authority of Ravenna. The objectives of the seminar were to inform the public and private stakeholders about the status of activities of the LNG Masterplan Rhine-Main-Danube project , to explain results of other relevant EU projects, to raise the awareness of concerned authorities and public administrations, to present the Italian GAINN_IT initiative and to discuss development options or possible implementation strategies for this national initiative.

The seminar was attended by representatives of the Italian Ministry of Economic Development (MISE), of port authorities, port operators, energy industry operators, public transport operators and other industry stakeholders. Parties interested in finding more about the results of this seminar are invited to contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (RINA).

LNG Supply-Demand Analysis Seminar organised by TTS in Galati, Romania

04 May 2015

LNG Logo colour On 17 April 2015, Transport Trade Services S.A. (TTS) has organised a special LNG supply-demand analysis seminar. This is the second LNG seminar organised by TTS as part of the LNG Masterplan project. In this project, TTS prepares a pre-feasibility study and a technical design concerning the deployment of a small-scale LNG terminal in the port of Constanta.

The objective of this seminar was to present the supply-demand analysis report related to the pre-feasibility and the general technical design. Furthermore, the seminar contributed to raising the awareness of concerned authorities and public administartions to support the terminal promoters to identify LNG pioneer customers and to start discussions regarding pissible cooperations. A final seminar will be held in September 2015, in Constanta. The seminar was attended by representatives of port authorities, local administrations, as well as representatives from Pro Danube, Bulmarket DMDanube LNG, Lira Consulting SRL, PANTEIA, AV Transport Planning, Ship Design Group and other industry stakeholders.

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LNG Masterplan project presented at the Technical Workgroup Meeting organised by the Danube Commission

20 April 2015

DSC 14On 14 April 2015, the LNG Masterplan project was presented at the Technical Working Group meeting organised by the Danube Commission in Budapest. Mr Robert Rafael gave a detailed update on the LNG Masterplan project  including technical details and tangible results such as the LNG fuelled vessels (new and retrofitted), terminal concepts and proceedings in the regulatory framework. The presentation was highly welcomed by the delegations.

LNG emergency and incident response guidelines for inland navigation are now available

15 April 2015

Safety around Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) is a hot topic, now that LNG is more and more becoming the fuel of the future. The results of a recent LNG emergency and incident response study are a big step forward in LNG safety in Europe. Today, the Rhine Port Group hands over the first edition of this study to Mr. Specht, 1 Major of the City of Mannheim and dedicated chief of the fire department. The Rhine Port Group consists of the Port of Rotterdam, the Port of Antwerp, the Port of Mannheim, the Port of Strasbourg and the Port of Switzerland.

mannheim safety report
From left to right: Mr. Bernd MINK, Mr. Patrice PETIT, Mr. Didier DIEUDONNË, Mr. Hans Peter HADORN, Mr. Roland HÖRNER, Mr. Nico VAN DOOREN, Mr. Robbert VAN DER VEEN, Mr. Christian SPECHT, Mr. Rolf HASELHORST, Mr. Rudi GÖTZ, Mr. Jan Waals

The document informs emergency response organisations how to prepare themselves to manage credible LNG incidents on inland navigation along the Rhine-Main-Danube corridor. The target group of the study is emergency responders in the inland waterway transport (IWT) sector, consisting of emergency response organisations such as fire brigades and port authorities. This study was executed under the EU-funded project ‘LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube’.

The document consists of two main parts: 1) the desk study of existing technology and state of readiness in the Rhine Ports and 2)  guidelines for LNG incident preparedness education and training. Mr. Specht is very satisfied with the results: “This document is of high quality and ready to land at the right spot where the report is needed: at Fire Departments and Port Authorities.”

The consortium of Falck RISC and the Unified Fire Department was chosen mid-2014 to execute the study because of their specific knowledge of LNG technology and incident preparedness in inland navigation.

The study has shown that much knowledge and experience is already available within the EU concerning a high level of safety of international carriage of dangerous goods on inland waterways. It has also been shown that local Emergency Services and Port Authorities are professional organisations and are doing their utmost to prevent any kind of incident with dangerous goods on their waterways.

Nevertheless, the recent introduction of international carriage of LNG on European inland waterways has also introduced a new phenomenon for Emergency Services and Port Authorities to be prepared for.

LNG is a cryogenic gas that is stored at a temperature of -162ºC, diminishing the volume about 600 times compared to the size of its original gas volume. Due to its nature it requires specific handling procedures as well as a different approach to emergency and incident response. Mr. Van der Veen (Managing director of Falck RISC) quotes: “We were very pleased to execute this study. I truly believe the bottom line - for now - is that people who are in need of this knowledge and these insights are enabled to get professional upgrade LNG emergency response education and practical training. This gap should be given highest priority.”

European Union
This study is co-financed by the TEN-T Programme of the European Union and is part of the ‘LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube’ project.
Mr. Van Dooren (LNG Masterplan Rhine Scenario Coordinator) states: “Emergency response organisations in the entire Rhine-Main-Danube area, ranging from Rotterdam to Constanta, will benefit from this study.” 

The report can be downloaded free of charge on the LNG Masterplan website in English, German, French and Dutch language here.

The complete press release can be downloaded here.

Pilot course "LNG as cargo" organised by CERONAV

10 April 2015

Ceronav organized between 1-3 April 2015 the third pilot course in the framework of the LNG Masterplan project, LNG as cargo. The course took place at the Information and Training Info Danube Center Galati with 19 trainees, all employees of Navrom Galati, APDM Galati (beneficiaries in the project) and CERONAV Galati.

The course comprised the following modules: legislation, regulations related to LNG transport, knowledge about LNG, safety in LNG operation, maintenance and control of the LNG installations, cargo tanks and cargo containment, emergency procedures, LCHS simulator.  The course ended with a final test and an evaluation of the course.

The trainees appreciated the content of the course, the hand-outs and the manner of delivery, most of them admitting that they had only general or little knowledge about LNG prior to this course. At the same time they were very impressed with the risks involving LNG and the environmental impact if safety rules are not obeyed.

The practical part of this course was done in the form of images captured from the LCHS simulator and presented on a video projector. Despite the fact that there are few methods to develop practical skills with regard to LNG as cargo, judging from the questionnaires of satisfaction the course was a real success.

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