20 February 2015
On 19 February 2015, the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF)
has released the first edition of its safety guidelines for LNG Bunkering. The guidelines' objective is to provide the bunkering industry with the best practices in order to ensure that 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. The working group involved consists 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 that this was a critical time for the industry to have reliable guidelines that everyone can follow. Looking forward, the SGMF wants to encourage individuals and companies in this emerging sector to record and report any bunkering incidents on a confidential basis so that the industry will be able to learn from them.
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SGMF was set up in 2013 and has around 85 members. The society's sole purpose is to encourage the safe and responsible operations of vessels using gas as a marine fuel and in particular activities relating to the supply and use of LNG for this purpose. For more information, please visit: www.sgmf.info