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ABS - Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-Fueled Marine Vessels in North America

21-Oct-2014

Author:  American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)

Page Count:  122

From the Document:

This study will help operators and owners of gas-fueled vessels, LNG bunkering vessels, and waterfront facilities who need background information and guidance to address North American (U.S. and Canada) federal regulations, state/provincial and port requirements, international codes, and standards and potentially waterway requirements or restrictions as well as unique issues such as regional and local restrictions on storing LNG.

This study was developed to assist LNG stakeholders in implementing the existing and planned regulatory framework for LNG bunkering. This study helps owners and operators of gas-fueled vessels, LNG bunkering vessels, and waterfront bunkering facilities by providing information and recommendations to address North American (U.S. and Canada) federal regulations, state, provincial and port requirements, international codes, and standards.

LNG has different hazards than traditional fuel oil; therefore, operators must clearly understand the risks involved with LNG bunkering. An assessment of various bunkering operations and the associated hazards and risks is provided. Templates are provided for stakeholders to use in conducting appropriate hazards identification and analysis.  Details on LNG production in the U.S. and Canada and LNG sources in various geographic regions provide an overview of the current North American infrastructure to support LNG bunkering operations. Local regulations are widely varied in maturity and content. To assist stakeholders in planning and execution of LNG bunkering projects, this study provides a structured process for implementing an LNG project with regard to seeking compliance with local regulations.