LNG Steamship Suggested Competency Standards for Engineers

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November 2010

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LNG Steamship Suggested Competency Standards for Engineers

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The marine transportation of LNG is the only sector of merchant shipping where steam propulsion systems remain widely employed and are still being installed. SIGTTO’s members recognised the importance of establishing agreed competence standards for Engineers operating and maintaining these vessels. This set of standards forms default minimum training recommendations for best practice.

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The LNG industry has an enviable reputation for safe and reliable delivery. Responding to the challenges of training and developing Engineers to service the industry is essential if it is to maintain this record. This set of standards will form the default minimum for best practice. SIGTTO believes that they can and should be built upon by operators, who are encouraged to develop additional appropriate standards for their own operations and ships.


In early 2009, SIGTTO set up a working group to tap into the experience that was held within its membership. The standards that emerged from that exercise have been collated into this book and were formally adopted by the SIGTTO board in Copenhagen on the 26th May 2010. They have been written using the ‘competence based methodology’ that is widely used in STCW and the industry in general.


As a guidance document, this set of standards is not, and cannot be, considered mandatory. However, SIGTTO believes that they represent current best practice for operational training standards for Engineers, and strongly recommends that they should be adopted and improved where necessary by those engaged in the operation of this ship type.

Engine Management       

Management (1) Familiarisation and Understanding

Management (2) Maintenance and Repair at the Management Level

Management (3) Controlling the Operation of the Ship and Care for Persons Onboard at Management Level

Management (4) Electrical, Electronic and Control Engineering at Management Level


Engine Operational        

Operational (1) Familiarisation and Understanding

Operational (2) Electrical, Electronic and Control Engineering at Operational Level

Operational (3) Maintenance and Repair at Operational Level

Operational (4) Control the Operation of the Ship and Care for Persons Onboard at Operational Level


Underpinning Knowledge

Appendix 1 – Reference Documents

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: LNG Steamship Suggested Competency Standards for Engineers
Subtitle: Guidance and Suggested Best Practice for the LNG Industry in the 21st Century
Number of Volumes: 1
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 36
Product Code: WS1607K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-401-6 (9781856094016), ISBN 10: 1-85609-401-4 (1856094014)
Published Date: November 2010
Binding Format: Paperback
Book Height: 297 mm
Book Width: 210 mm
Book Spine: 5 mm
Weight: 0.22 kg
Author: SIGTTO

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