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SGMF produces first LNG bunkering safety guidelines

SGMF produces first LNG bunkering safety guidelines
The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) has unveiled a first edition of its LNG Bunkering – Safety Guidelines publication.

SGMF said the objective of the guidelines is to “provide the bunkering industry with the best practices in order to ensure that gas-fuelled ships are re-fuelled with high levels of safety, integrity and reliability.”

The 70-page manual spells out the specific guidance on ship-to-ship, shore-to-ship, and truck-to-ship bunkering. It also covers hazards such as leaks and fires, safety systems including personnel and command structures, and bunkering procedures.

The booklet has taken just over a year to produce and it is now freely available to members of SGMF.

Mark Bell, general manager of SGMF, believed that the launch of the publication is timely for the industry to have reliable guidelines to follow.

The society is actively encouraging feedback on the new publication and is ready to revise the manual over the next couple of years as the market develops.