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Support Craft at Liquefied Gas Facilities. Principles of Emergency Response and Protection - Onshore

Support Craft at Liquefied Gas Facilities. Principles of Emergency Response and Protection - Onshore

Product Review (submitted on 26 June 2015):
A new publication designed to give guidance to operators of tugs and other vessels working in emergency situations at LNG plants and terminals is to be made available next month.

“Support Craft at Liquefied Facilities, Principles of Emergency Response and Protection – Onshore” will be published by industry body The Society of International Gas Tanker & Terminal Operators (SIGTTO).

The new guide considers a number of typical scenarios based on what are described as “credible incidents” that may occur during the operation of an LNG carrier approaching, departing or alongside an onshore facility or a near-shore floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU).

SIGTTO says in the new document’s introduction that the effectiveness of the service provided by these support vessels could be improved by a more up-to-date approach and a better understanding of the hazards, barriers, scenarios and response strategies. The society says knowledge of the design basis for facilities and vessels may help improve existing practice.

The document details a number of what it calls “top events”, including loss of cargo containment, collision/grounding, loss of position, and intrusion. It then details the risk-assessment methodology used to explain the situation being considered and defines some examples, scenarios and response strategies.

SIGTTO general manager Andrew Clifton says the new publication has been more than two years in the making.

It has been put together by a SIGTTO working group, made up of representatives from tug-vessel operators, port authorities, ship owners, energy majors, gas companies and terminal operators under the leadership of BP Shipping’s Captain Peter Seaman.

“This publication will be of great interest to the industry and is expected to widely influence and define the utilisation of support craft in liquefied gas terminals in an emergency situation,” Clifton said.

The new guide is currently being printed and will be available to buy from the end of July.