To utilise gas as a fuel and carry it on board efficiently it is liquefied reducing its volume by over 600 times in the process. In that liquid state it is cryognic in nature and its properties, characteristics and behaviour differ significantly from conventional marine fuels. However, the experience of the LNG marine transport industry shows that, when LNG is handled professionally, the risks can be mitigated and avoided. Our oceans are a formidable environment as they are with over 50,000 continuously moving our products, goods and sometimes ourselves around the globe. Add a cryogenically stored fuel into this arena and it is easy to see there needs to be a step change in general awareness and understanding of the fuel and how it is handled. Designing and building a ship to run on gas is one thing, running it safely and seamlessly without spilling a drop is another, yet this has to be the case as far as LNG is concerned.
We take learn from mistakes and record and analyse incidents – why? because this is how we learn and change as needs be to avoid them happening again.
At SGMF we facilitate membership sourced work groups looking at many issues around safety including Safe Working Distances and Simultaneous Operations for shipping with LNG as a fuel. Our bunkering operational guidelines are the industry reference for the four main methods of fuel transfer and continuously being updated from best operational experience and practice from members.
Join SGMF to share and build upon this experience as the industry undergoes this significant change.