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

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September 2015


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

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Support craft perform a vital role in assisting with safe operations and emergency response for liquefied gas carriers and facilities. This service could be improved by a more up to date approach and a deeper understanding of credible scenarios and response strategies. The information in this book is provided primarily for organisations involved in the transportation of liquefied gas cargoes, although, it may also be of assistance to regulators and government agencies. 

This publication uses a risk assessment method to offer context and define some example emergency scenarios and response strategies. 

All of the responses are based on the following order of priority: protection of life, the environment and property. Protection of life has been considered not only in the context of the ship and terminal staff involved in a cargo operation, but also of the emergency responders and the general public in the vicinity.

 
SIGTTO has ensured this publication explains the basis of design of facilities and gas carriers, including the purpose and limitation of equipment used. This should assist in the improvement of existing practice.

PART 1             Scope and Methodology

1.                     Introduction

1.1       Introduction

1.2       Scope

1.3       Risk Based Method and Terminology

1.4       Document Structure

PART 2             Assessing the Risk and the Management of Specific Events

2.                     The Operating Environment

3.                     Top Events

3.1       Loss of Containment

3.2       Collision/Grounding

3.3       Loss of Position

3.4       Intrusion

Annexes

Annex A – Response Considerations and Planning

Annex B – Equipment and Capabilities of Support Craft

Annex C – Water-spray Systems

Annex D – Support Craft Emergency Response Competencies

Annex E – Fire and Gas Dispersion Modelling

Annex F – Properties of Liquefied Gases

Annex G – Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations

Annex H – References

The Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) is an international body established for the exchange of technical information and experience, between members of the industry, to enhance the safety and operational reliability of gas tankers and terminals.

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Title: Support Craft at Liquefied Gas Facilities. Principles of Emergency Response and Protection - Onshore
Number of Volumes: 1
Edition: First
Number of Pages: 87
Product Code: WS1472K
ISBN: ISBN 13: 978-1-85609-691-1 (9781856096911), ISBN 10: 1-85609-691-2 (1856096912)
Published Date: September 2015
Binding Format: Hardback
Book Height: 300 mm
Book Width: 215 mm
Book Spine: 10 mm
Weight: 0.70 kg
Author: SIGTTO

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SIGTTO draws up guide for emergency support work at LNG Terminals Review by Tradewinds - 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.
(Posted on 26/06/2015)

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