2/1/2017: Recap of LGC NCOE presentation at the Passenger Ship Safety Conference

The Coast Guard’s Office of Design & Engineering Standards (CG-ENG) and Office of Search and Rescue (CG-SAR), Cruise Ship and Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE), and the 7th Coast Guard District recently attended the TDN UK Passenger Ship Safety conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

This conference was an international gathering of over 100 members of the maritime industry, port authorities, flag states, classification societies, state and local government agencies to discuss optimal solutions for key safety, security and environmental issues within the passenger vessel industry.

Due to recent announcements from various passenger vessel operators to utilize liquefied natural gas (LNG) and other non-conventional fuels, a portion of the conference focused on alternate fuels and considerations for their use.

Scott Mercurio, the LGC NCOE’s liquefied gas as fuel subject matter specialist, spoke and provided a current update with regards to the Coast Guard’s involvement with, and guidance on, the use of LNG as a marine fuel and associated maritime bunkering and infrastructure projects.

His presentation focused on services provided by the LGC NCOE and the status of national policies regulating LNG fueled vessels and LNG bunkering processes. The policies and guidance that he discussed are listed below:

Current Coast Guard Policy

CG-OES Policy Letter 01-15: Guidelines for Liquefied Natural Gas Fuel Transfer Operations and Training of Personnel on Vessels Using Natural Gas as Fuel

CG-OES Policy Letter 02-15: Guidance Related to Vessels and Waterfront Facilities Conducting Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Marine Fuel Transfer (Bunkering) Operations. CG-ENG released policy letter

CG-ENG 02-15: Design Standards for US Barges intending to Carry Liquefied Natural Gas in Bulk. Policy letter

CG-ENG 01-12: Equivalency Determination – Design Criteria for Natural Gas Fuel Systems.

The IMO’s recently adopted International Code of Safety for Gas-Fueled Ships (IGF Code) entered into force on January 1, 2017. The IMO’s previous interim guidance concerning LNG fueled vessels is Resolution MSC.258(86) Interim Guidelines on Safety for Natural Gas-Fuelled Engine Installations in Ships.

The LGC NCOE is one of six NCOEs nationwide focusing on providing industry specific consultation and services to the Coast Guard and maritime industry. The LGC NCOE provides technical advice on all matters related to foreign and U.S. flagged vessels and barges that carry liquefied gases in bulk and the marine transfer systems associated with LNG/LPG terminals. These include: (1) providing liquefied gas training and outreach opportunities; (2) liquefied gas workforce forecasting and performance development; and (3) technical expertise for the establishment of local and national liquefied gas guidance, policy, and regulations.

For more information on the LGC NCOE, visit the LGC NCOE website.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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