Regulatory Framework Addresses LNG Bunkering Safety and Risk Factors
Read about our joint study to develop a regulatory framework focused on complying with North America's first requirements for bunkering LNG fueled vessels.
While existing regulations in North America address the design, equipment, operations and training of personnel on vessels carrying liquefied natural gas (LNG) as cargo in bulk and fueling systems for boil-off gas used on LNG carriers, similar regulations were required to address vessels receiving LNG for use as fuel. Consequently, vessel owners and operators sought technical guidance to help them navigate the current and emerging regulatory landscape in the U.S. and Canada.
Due to the growing demand for comprehensive guidelines, policies and an overall road map for bunkering LNG fueled vessels, ABS Group and its parent company, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), worked closely with regulators and industry to develop a document for LNG stakeholders to use as a reference to guide them through issues associated with existing and planned infrastructure for LNG bunkering.
The study's objective was to develop a regulatory guidance framework focused on requirements in North America, including state and local port requirements and regulatory compliance associated with bunkering LNG fueled vessels.
- Review international, local and regional requirements for LNG bunkering operations
- Identify technical challenges associated with evolving vessel designs, emerging technology and infrastructure developments
- Evaluate future looking LNG bunkering activities in North America, such as simultaneous operations (SIMOPS)
Identify state/provincial and port requirements for marine accessible terminals, waterfront facilities and inland waterways
Provide an overview of existing and planned domestic LNG facilities (including traditional import) approved by FERC
Develop high-level safety risk assessments for unique hazards and risks associated with bunkering operations
Develop templates for performing HAZIDs for typical risks for bunkering options