LNG global market is expanding quickly and natural gas in the liquid phase already is an important source of gas supply for Europe.
The case for LNG as alternative fuel for ships lately became a subject of high interest for various stakeholders since IMO’s emissions restrictions and favourable price scenarios have established the necessary environment that creates a unique opportunity for increased LNG demand within a new sector
LNG had for years an exemplary safety track record that has to be maintained in order to protect the whole LNG industry within the demanding phase of this alternative fuel across the EU.
The poor understanding of the strengths and threats of LNG use is hampering its full deployment as a marine fuel, and in order to overcome this obstacle both onshore and onboard, the pros and cons of LNG as marine fuel have to be appreciated and deepened.
It is essential that all stakeholders from regulators to ship owners, passing through suppliers and manufacturers, would work together in order to provide a solid and commonly agreed framework that allow LNG to take its share of this new demand to the interest of all the parties involved. The real challenge is to deliver high focused professional training on the LNG theme pulling together local resources in a harmonized way and with a European dimension.
The On The MoS Way Network (OTMW-N) Project is a Common Learning Action co-financed by the European Commission under the Marco Polo II Programme. It specifically aims at developing a new culture in all the actors of the LNG supply chain (both onboard and onshore) to understand their role in the safe operation of LNG fuelled ships, creating a common understanding and bridging the gap in the existing training procedures.
To answer the aside needs and thus supporting the Industry to ensure safe LNG handling from and after this transition period, the OTMW-N Action pulls together EU local resources to execute high quality educational contents within 5 free of charge training modules that targeting mainly professionals of the maritime Industry will be delivered making full use of mature IT tools:
Additionally and upstream, the project foresees a set of cross fertilization on site visits dedicated to LNG best practices, to train the trainers that will deliver such modules, thus ensuring that the training provision is aligned with stakeholders needs and with the real challenges of the sector.