4/12/2016: Coast Guard creates new foreign gas carrier examiner tactics techniques and procedures

Written by Cmdr. Jason Smith

The Coast Guard’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) and the Coast Guard’s Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM) teamed up to create the Coast Guard’s first Foreign Gas Carrier Examiner (FGCE) Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP). The goal of the FGCE TTP is to provide current and future Coast Guard port state control officers with a common inspection guide for foreign-flagged liquefied and compressed gas carrier certificate of compliance examinations. Additionally the FGCE TTP is a tool that can be used by vessel operators to best prepare for Coast Guard initial, renewal and annual examinations of foreign-flagged gas carriers.

The liquefied and compressed gas industry is growing both globally and nationally. New natural gas plays are found each day throughout the world; this includes some of the largest here, in the U.S., better production and transportation technology as well as an increasing demand for cleaner and more abundant fuels. Some projections predict worldwide natural gas capacity may increase by more than 100 percent within the next decade with much of that growth focused in the U.S.

As the industry grows exponentially, so does the need to transport gas within the marine industry. In response to this radical maritime growth and subsequent Coast Guard liquefied gas workload demand it creates, the LGC NCOE identified the need to develop standardized processes for examinations onboard foreign-flagged gas carriers. The LGC NCOE worked with FORCECOM to build a team of Coast Guard gas carrier subject matter experts from units around the country, including Coast Guard Headquarters, the LGC NCOE, various Coast Guard Sector offices and FORCECOM. Led by Lt. Cmdr. Dallas Smith (LGC NCOE) and Mimi Boran (FORCECOM), the FGCE TTP team worked over a two year period to analyze domestic and international regulations, Coast Guard manuals and over 40 authoritative reference documents to identify best practices and lessons learned to develop the Coast Guard’s first FGCE TTP.

The FGCE TTP can be found on the LGC NCOE website.

About LGC NCOE

The LGC NCOE is one of six nationwide national centers of expertise focusing on providing industry specific consultation and services to the Coast Guard and maritime industry. The LGC NCOE provides technical advice on matters related to liquefied gas in the maritime community; liquefied gas training and outreach opportunities; liquefied gas workforce forecasting and performance development; and technical expertise for the establishment of local and national liquefied gas guidance, policy and regulations.

For more information on the LGC NCOE, visit their website at www.uscg.mil/lgcncoe.

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