Third LNG Training and SIMOPS Working Group Meetings

July 5, 2018 – On June 27 and 28 the third LNG Training and SIMOPS Working Group Meetings were celebrated in Gijón (Spain) at the Jovellanos Centre headquarters, organised by the Fundación Valenciaport in the framework of the GAINN4MOS project.

During the LNG Training Working Group, Josep Sanz, Project Manager at Fundación Valenciaport, presented a speech regarding the Regulations on LNG training and Jaime Bleye, Fire Fighting Area Manager at Jovellanos Centre, made a presentation of the International School of LNG. During the meeting a benchmarking on LNG training courses was presented and the competences and profiles were identified.

After the meeting the participants visited the Musel Regasification Plant guided by Ricardo Conde from ENAGÁS.

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. During this meeting, Andreja Ana Lopac from LNG Hrvatska made a presentation of the Risk analysis study in LNG Croatia; Rui Lopes from APRAM presented the current procedures to supply LNG in Madeira Ports and next steps; Calogero Burgio from the Port of Civitavecchia, made a presentation of the current procedures to supply LNG in the Port of Civitavecchia and about the study of the onshore supply solutions for ships; Mercedes de Juan from Fundación Valenciaport, exposed the current status of the LNG bunkering operations in Spain and the methodology proposed within GAINN4MOS project to perform the risk assessment, and finally Ricardo Conde from Enagás, made a presentation of the experience of Cartagena in LNG PTS bunkering.

Moreover, the participants enjoyed a guided visit to the simulators and other facilities of the Jovellanos Centre guided by Jaime Bleye.

This meeting has allowed sharing 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.

The working group will agree on the final methodology to carry out the risk assessment before September in order to start working on the elaboration of risk assessments in each port participating in the Working Group.

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