The U.S. Coast Guard Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise recently released LGC NCOE Field Notice 01-2017 – Recommended Process for Analyzing Risk of Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS) during Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Bunkering. The notice can be found in PDF format here .
Field Notice 01-2017 contains recommendations for the marine industry and all Captains of the Port to consider when assessing the risks of LNG Simultaneous Operations (SIMOPS). It includes guidance on an optional, formal operational risk assessment, if the vessel operator chooses to conduct one.
SIMOPS is a term used to describe multiple operations occurring onboard vessels and in and around the marine transfer loading area of facilities. Examples of SIMOPS are described as passenger and crew embarkation/debarkation; loading ship’s stores; discharging wastes; loading or discharging consumables; ship maintenance and repairs, hull cleaning; and/or the unloading and loading of tour equipment while simultaneously transferring LNG fuel.
Commonwealth LNG has announced the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has accepted its application to initiate the Pre-Filing Process for a LNG export facility near Cameron, Louisiana. The project will have the capacity to liquefy and ship 9 million tonnes per annum of LNG according to Commonwealth LNG.
Commonwealth’s President and CEO Paul Varello said, “By employing innovative yet proven methods, our team has reimagined the engineering and construction process to advance schedule and reduce risk for investors, customers and EPC partners. This creative process also improves safety and decreases overall capital costs.”
Pending a successful environmental review process and receipt of a FERC Order, Commonwealth LNG expects to begin construction in 2019 and commercial operation in 2022.
Shell announced today the bunker ship Cardissa has arrived
in Rotterdam. This ship enables Shell to supply customers across Europe with
LNG from the Gate terminal in Rotterdam. The Cardissa can transport 6,500 m3
"LNG as a marine fuel has an important role to play in the energy mix of the future," said Steve Hill, Executive Vice President of Shell Energy. "With these bunkers and the Gate terminal, we show that Shell is dedicated to building robust and reliable supply of our customers. With stricter rules for emissions on the horizon, we continue to work with cleaner energy solutions with our customers and partners."