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Engineering, Oil and Gas

Managing the Bunkering and Use of LNG Fuel on Ships


Introduction:

For all vessel operators, the issue of environmental pollution is becoming increasingly problematic. The requirements to comply with MARPOL Annex 6 have made air pollution one of the areas which ship owners and operators will have to address. Using LNG as a fuel is one way to reduce airborne pollution from ships. It also has different problems to address when operating a vessel with LNG on-board as a fuel. This training course is intended to highlight these issues and provide a means to manage them. The IGF Code details the requirements of ships using LNG as a bunker fuel, and this PetroKnowledge training course will provide an insight into the means to comply with that code

Targeted Groups:

  • Senior Management with high-level responsibility for vessel operations
  • Fleet Managers
  • Technical Managers
  • Vessel personnel
  • Personnel at the vessel/ bunker facility interface

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course the participants will be able to:

  • Understand why using LNG fuel can be beneficial
  • Manage the use of LNG fuel on ships
  • Communicate with bunker terminals and suppliers
  • Manage any emergencies involving LNG fuel
  • Understand the different fuel system configurations

Targeted Competencies:

  • Design and operational characteristics of ships subject to the IGF Code
  • Precautions to minimize and manage hazards on a ship subject to the IGF Code
  • Precautions to prevent pollution of the environment
  • Monitoring and controlling compliance with legislative requirements
  • Application of occupational health and safety measures

Course Content:
Unit 1: Definitions of Liquefied Gases and Associated Regulations:

  • IGF Code
  • Defining LNG Fuel
  • Properties of LNG
  • Combustion properties
  • Pollution characteristics
  • Understanding Cryogenics
  • Production and properties of LNG
  • Components of LNG

Unit 2: Health Safety and Environmental Issues and Combustion Theory:

  • Thermodynamic Laws
  • Methane Number/ Knocking
  • Gas detection Methods
  • Electrostatic issues
  • Toxicity
  • Health and Safety
  • Environmental Hazards

Unit 3: Managing LNG Fuels in a Safe Manner:

  • Brittle fracture
  • Fuel Storage systems
  • Tank Gauging systems
  • Safety Devices
  • Fuel system arrangements
  • Managing LNG as a fuel

Unit 4: LNG Bunkering Systems and Their Operational Use:

  • Physical layouts
  • Onboard containment systems
  • Electrical safety
  • Hazardous zones
  • Fuel transfer process
  • Safety plans and instructions
  • Bunker Checklists
  • Inerting warm-up and cooldown

Unit 5: SIMOPs Emergency Response and ESD Systems:

  • Bunkering installations
  • SIMOPs
  • Emergency response
  • Protective clothing
  • Repair and maintenance issues
  • Emergency Shut Down
  • Safety Management System
  • Dealing with health issues (Cold Burns)