Web Alert: USCG recommendations on LNG bunkering
24 June 2016
With the stricter environmental regulations across the globe, the use of LNG as a bunker fuel is gaining a lot of attention. The club’s publication on ‘LNG as fuel’ highlighted the challenges related to LNG bunkering operations and provided considerations for the ship owners/operators.
Following the feasibility study on LNG fuelled domestic vessels operating within the North American and US Caribbean ECAs, the USCG has issued two field notices providing the following recommendations:
- LNG Bunkering Job Aid - checklist that can be used for initial and annual inspections of shore-based LNG bunkering facilities.
- LNG Fuel System Inspection Job Aid - checklist that can be used for initial and annual inspections, including periodic safety test procedures of LNG fuelled vessels.
The Coast Guard’s LNG Fuel Workforce Development Committee is currently developing a job aid for vessel-to-vessel LNG bunkering operations and LNG as a fuel pre-commissioning checklist, which are expected to be released within the next few months.