July 24, 2019 – Yesterday the two-day course “Basic Training for ships subject to the IGF code” started, organised by the Fundación Valenciaport in the framework of the GAINN4MOS project. This course complies with MSC.397(95) Resolution adopted on 11th of June 2015 about mandatory minimum standards regarding special training requirements for personnel on board ships subject to the IGF Code and is approved by the Directorate General of Merchant Marine.
GAINN4MOS partners have been the first to receive this accredited training (this has been the first accredited edition of this type of course).
The general objective of this course, which is being held in the Jovellanos Centre headquarters in Gijón (Spain), is to provide personnel related to the management or use of LNG with knowledge about this marine fuel. In particular, during the course the participants will become aware of LNG emergency management, will obtain knowledge and skills about the different types and methods of LNG bunkering and about the fire fighting agents and methods used to control and extinguish fires in conjunction with the different fuels found on board ships subject to the IGF Code.
The participants have been able to perform different practices in the simulator: cryogenic tests; vaporization of LNG by water application; fire organizations and actions to be taken on ships; special hazards associated with LNG systems and LNG handling on ships; extinguish LNG fires by dry chemical powder means; application of high expansion foam in the event of LNG spillage; measures to be taken in the event of leakage of LNG from pipelines, wearing cryogenic protective clothing; measures to be taken in the event of an LNG fire by shutting manual valves; and finally RTP and BLEVE demonstration.
This course has been attended by representatives of the Port Authority of Valencia (APV), the Port Authority of Madeira (APRAM), the Port Authority of Açores (Portos dos Açores) and the Fundación Valenciaport.