KVH Videotel Introduces LNG “Respond Level” Bunkering Training Course

Programme based on “Competency and Assessment Guidelines” from SGMF 

KVH Videotel has launched an LNG bunkering training course to help crew and port or terminal staff enable a safe bunkering process. The programme, based on guidelines from the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF), has been developed in response to the increased use of LNG as a bunker fuel by operators to help them meet the low sulphur targets required by MARPOL Annex VI. SGMF has defined a “Respond Level” of awareness as vitally important: Personnel in close proximity to bunkering operations must understand the hazards associated with LNG bunkering and be trained in how to respond to emergency situations. KVH Videotel’s “LNG Bunkering – Respond Level Training Course” covers:

  • Composition and usage of LNG and potential bunkering methods
  • Hazards and consequences for the individual and ship
  • Relevant procedures for fighting LNG fires
  • Emergency procedures for shipping companies and port authorities

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BSM Highlights ‘LNG As A Marine Fuel

Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) highlighted the issues and solutions surrounding LNG as a marine fuel at its industry forum, LNG as a Marine Fuel: Addressing the Challenges. Attended by close to 100 delegates from the ship owning, equipment manufacturing, brokering and media segments of the industry, the session was held in conjunction with London International Shipping Week 2015, which opened this Monday. Read more

BRAEMAR LNG BV AWARDS LICENCE FOR DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF NEW FSP CONTAINMENT SYSTEM

Braemar LNG BV, the wholly owned subsidiary of Braemar Shipping Services PLC, has issued a sub-licence to FSP LNG BV for the design and construction of a new Flat-panel, Semi-membrane, Prismatic-shaped (FSP) containment system, under the terms of the licence it holds with General Dynamics NASSCO to utilise its patents in the design and construction of FSP LNG containment systems.

FSP technology has been developed for marine LNG transport and can also be used in a wide range of applications, including Floating Liquefaction (FLNG), Floating Storage Units (FSU), Floating Storage Regasification Units (FSRU) and LNG marine fuel tanks.

The FSP system – a new Type B, LNG containment system – uses flat plate technology to overcome the issues associated with partial filling and sloshing.

It is designed to be constructed, outfitted, insulated and tested off-hull and lifted as a complete unit into the vessel while the vessel is still in the construction dock. This onshore construction process results in a significant reduction in vessel construction time, while maintaining the highest standards of construction quality.

FSP LNG BV is a joint venture company formed by Braemar, EnTX Tekmar, LLC and Jamestown Metal Marine Sales, Inc. The joint venture partners will, through Tank Tek, LLC and Hong Kong Tank Tek Limited, take the FSP LNG containment system through the general approval requirements of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and bring it to market.

Explains Geoff Green, Managing Director of Braemar Engineering, who has played a leading role in bringing the joint venture together: “I am delighted to have helped bring this team together. All aspects of the approval, testing and complete construction of the first commercial FSP Containment System are underway. This is the next important step on the road to bringing the FSP technology to market, and we are excited with the progress that we are making.”

Approval in Principle was obtained from both Lloyds Register (LR) and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).