LPG Shipping Suggested Competency Standards

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July 2008


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LPG Shipping Suggested Competency Standards

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In 2007, SIGTTO set up a series of working groups to bring together the LPG Shipping experience that was held within its membership on board fully pressurised, semi-pressurised/semi-refrigerated and fully refrigerated LPG Carriers and Ethylene Carriers. These standards have been collated into this book and were formally adopted by the SIGTTO board in May 2008.

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The LPG market is continuing to expand and forms a critical part of the shipping industry. The issues and challenges of LPG shipping must be at the forefront of the industry’s mind if it is to continue its excellent safety record.

This book is essential for anyone either serving on an LPG Carrier or any operator who has LPG Carriers or Ethylene Carriers in their fleet. It provides vital information for both deck and engine officer ranks. The book builds on the competency-related work that has already been done by SIGTTO in the LNG sector and provides information on the minimum standards that officers should be trained to and the knowledge that underpins it. The standards were written using the competence-based methodology used in STCW and throughout the industry. These standards should be used to ensure that there is a common standard of minimum training within the industry.

This book should be used as guidance and is not considered to be mandatory. However, we believe that the standards represent the current best practice for operational training standards for officers and should be considered by an individual or company for adoption.

Deck - Management
Deck Management (1) Develop Familiarisation and Understanding of LPG Transportation Requirements
Deck Management (2) Manage and Operate Safety Systems and Equipment
Deck Management (3) Prepare and Implement a Detailed Plan for the Entire Cargo Cycle
Deck Management (4) Monitor and Review Cargo Operations
Deck Management (5) Plan for and Manage Cargo Operations Under Non-Standard Conditions
Deck Management (6) Plan for and Manage Cargo Operations Under Emergency Conditions
Deck Management (7) Ensure the Integrity of Cargo Containment, Cargo Equipment and Cargo Related Spaces
Deck Management (8) Develop an Awareness of the Commercial Aspects of LPG Transportation

Deck - Operational
Operational Deck (1) Develop Familiarisation and Understanding of LPG Transportation Requirements
Operational Deck (2) Manage and Operate Safety Systems and Equipment
Operational Deck (3) Execute Planned Cargo Cycle Operations


Cargo Equipment - Management
Cargo Equipment Management (1) Develop Familiarisation and Understanding of LPG Transportation Requirements
Cargo Equipment Management (2) Manage and Operate Safety Systems and Equipment
Cargo Equipment Management (3) Ensure Effectiveness of the Entire Cargo Cycle
Cargo Equipment Management (4) Plan for and Manage Cargo Operations Under Non-Standard Conditions
Cargo Equipment Management (5) Plan for and Manage Cargo Operations Under Emergency Conditions
Cargo Equipment Management (6) Ensure Effectiveness of Maintenance, Testing and Inspection of Cargo Equipment and Spaces
Cargo Equipment Management (7) Control the Operation of Cargo Reliquefaction Equipment and Associated Systems
Cargo Equipment Management (8) Ensure Integrity of Electrical Plant and Control Systems

Cargo Equipment - Operational
Cargo Equipment Operations (1) Develop Familiarisation and Understanding of LPG Transportation Requirements
Cargo Equipment Operations (2) Manage and Operate Safety Systems and Equipment
Cargo Equipment Operations (3) Execute Planned Cargo Cycle Operations
Cargo Equipment Operations (4) Plan for and Manage Cargo Operations Under Non-Standard Conditions
Cargo Equipment Operations (5) Plan for and Manage Cargo Operations Under Emergency Conditions
Cargo Equipment Operations (6) Maintain the Integrity of Cargo Containment, Cargo Equipment and Cargo Related Spaces


Underpinning Knowledge


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The purpose of SIGTTO is to promote shipping and terminal operations for liquefied gases which are safe, environmentally responsible and reliable. To fulfil this mission it will:

  • Proactively develop best operating practices and guideline

  • Sustain a learning environment by sharing lessons learned

  • Promote training and development of all within the industry

  • Foster mutually beneficial relationships with regulatory authorities and other stakeholders

  • Conduct its business with professionalism and integrity

Title: LPG Shipping Suggested Competency Standards
Subtitle: Guidance and suggested Best Practice for the LPG Industry in the 21st Century
Number of Volumes: 1
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 64
Product Code: 4366
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-905331-26-0 (9781905331260), ISBN 10: 1-905331-26-6 (1905331266)
Published Date: July 2008
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 290 mm
Book Width: 210 mm
Weight: 0.40 kg

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