First LNG Training and SIMOPS Working Group Meeting

November 14, 2017 – On November 7 and 8 the first LNG Training and SIMOPS Working Group Meetings were celebrated in Napoli (Italy) at the IMAT Training Centre headquarters, organised by the Fundación Valenciaport in the framework of the GAINN4MOS project.

During the LNG Training Working Group the participants discussed about the training needs for LNG regasification plants, LNG truck re-fuelling stations and LNG terminals or operations at ports. Moreover, the second session, Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS) Working Group, was dedicated to analyse several SIMOPS experiences and discussing about a common methodology to be developed in GAINN4MOS. This meeting has allowed to share the knowledge and concerns regarding both the training needs and the analysis of risks in LNG operations in several Southern European Ports.

The final objective of this initiative is to develop a common framework for all Mediterranean ports for both fields. The working group devoted to the analysis of training needs aims at determining the minimum knowledge advisable for an adequate management of the LNG operations in the maritime sector. The final goal of the Working Groups will be the identification of the specific contents of the training courses to be delivered for all the parts participating in LNG operations, from public authorities, such as the port authority, coast guard, customs, etc. to more operational partners such as LNG providers and shipping companies.

With regards to the Risk Analysis (RA) of LNG operations the aim is to develop guidelines agreed by all participants for conducting those analysis in order to evaluate the feasibility of SIMOPS in the Mediterranean Ports, as well as, common procedures that standardise the bunkering operations in the main European Ports taking part of the consortium. These procedures will be based on the existing regulations and recommendations.

The main goal is analysing the potential risk having common operations such as maintenance activities, load and unload cargo operation, when LNG bunkering operations are conducted. The aim is providing best practice guidance and a harmonised approach to the development of activities, while assuring that compliance with the highest safety standards.

Finally, the participants enjoyed a guided visit to the simulators and other facilities of the IMAT Training Centre. The simulator complies with the Resolution MSC.397(95), (adopted on 11 June 2015), which includes the amendments to Part A of the Seafarers’ Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code.

In the next weeks, the Consortium will define the scope of these guidelines and the participants in the working groups. Technical studies will be conducted to develop the understanding and promote the use of LNG as marine fuels.

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