A Review of Practices and Regulations in The LNG Shipping Industry(eBook)

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January 1996

A Review of Practices and Regulations in The LNG Shipping Industry(eBook)

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This paper examines some of the safety features and characteristics of LNG ships imposed by regulatory requirements and questions if they are the most cost effective (7pp)

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This paper examines some of the features and characteristics of LNG ships together with the regulatory requirements with respect to whether or not they are cost effective in terms of maintaining operational performance and flexibility as well as the high standards of safety associated with this type of vessel. The discussion applicable to ships designed for cargoes other than LNG. Many of the safety features of LNG ships are required by internationally accepted regulations and have become sacrosanct since the first cargo was transported in the METHANE PIONEER in 1959. However, if a system is installed on every ship over a long period of time in response to a perceived risk, but in actual practice is never used, perhaps the risk should be reevaluated and compared to that of other hazards which are known to exist. Safety features and systems must be purchased, installed and maintained out of budgets which are always under tight control. Maintaining a system which is never used must diminish the funds and man-hours available to maintain other systems more directly related to the operation of the ship, and can therefore have the effect of diminishing the overall safety of the ship. Operating personnel must be trained to operate and maintain all systems, whether or not they are ever used. It may well produce a higher level of safety, ie a lower probability of serious accident, to give a deck officer extra bridge procedure and ship handling training than to teach him to fight a type of fire that has a very low probability of ever occurring. It is important to remember that all installed equipment demands a share of the limited time of supervisory and day working personnel which is available. The installation of monitoring and control instrumentation has increased in recent years due to the availability of reasonably priced computerized programmable systems and the desire to reduce the size of the crew. The value of such systems must be measured in terms of personnel man-hours, operational efficiency and reliability and contribution to the overall safety of the vessel.

Paper delivered by:
Edmund G Tornay (Energy Transportation Corp, USA)

Prepared for:
Gastech Vienna 1996

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Title: A Review of Practices and Regulations in The LNG Shipping Industry(eBook)
Product Code: 4433g022
Published Date: January 1996

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