From 7-11 September, WMU held the Safety of LNG Handling on Plant, Bunkering Station, and On-board Vessels course as part of the On the MoS Way Network project funded by the EU Marco Polo Programme. The course was offered free of charge and included nearly 65 participants, the majority of whom joined remotely from around the world. Five individuals participated on-site at WMU.
Topics covered included properties of LNG, bunker delivery modalities, firefighting procedures, and emergency procedures. Key objectives were aimed at developing a working knowledge of LNG bunkering operations through best practices, industry standards, and regulations, properly identifying roles and responsibilities for safe and efficient operations on-board the delivery vessel and the receiving vessel including shore-side trucks or terminals, and appropriate and effective emergency response in terms of both spill and fire.
The course opened with remarks by WMU President, Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, who welcomed the participants. She noted the importance of the course in relation to the 2030 UN Sustainable Development Goals that are expected to be adopted by Heads of States at the end of September 2015. President Doumbia-Henry further commented on the significance of the course as a collaborative partnership with other univerisites and its role in supporting the IMO’s mandate in the area of energy efficiency.
External instructors involved in the course delivery included Mr John Egan of Excelerate Energy, a leading expert with over 36 years of experience in the LNG industry. Practical experience was also brought to the course by Mr. Johan Lilliesköld, LNG Business Development Managener, Mann Tek, who shared his in-depth LNG experience and first-hand knowledge of the Viking Grace LNG operation in Stockholm. Both Mr. Egan and Mr. Lilliesköld will participate as lecturers for the new WMU MSc specialization in Marine Energy Management that will be available in 2016. WMU staff who contributed to the course included Professor Aykut Ölcer, Assistant Professor Dimitrios Dalaklis, Assistant Professor Momoko Kitada, Lecturer Jarrod DeWitz, Research Associate Fabio Ballini, and Research Associate Josefin Madjidian.
The objectives of OnTheMosWayNetwork Project (OTMW-N) are the understanding and the appreciation of the pros and cons of LNG’s use as a marine fuel, the development of a new culture in all the actors (both onboard and offshore) to understand their role to the safe operation of LNG fuelled ships, bridging the different perspectives that the crew onboard and at the port have creating a common understanding and bridging the gap in the existing training procedures and the different perspectives on the use of LNG for bunkering. To learn more, click here.
Source: World Maritime University