LNG Bunkering Requirements Published

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LNG Bunkering Requirements Published

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Bureau Veritas, created in 1828, is a world leader in laboratory testing, inspection and certification services.  The Group has 66,000 plus employees in around 1,400 offices and laboratories located all over the world.  It had come out with published requirements for LNG bunkering in Rule Note NR 620 LNG Bunkering Ship.  The requirements cover special arrangements for ships carrying LNG.  The vessels that meet the standards will be awarded the notation LNG Bunkering Ship.  Bureau Veritas is listed on Euronext Paris and belongs to the Next 20 index.  Compartment A, ISIN code FR 0006174348, stock symbol: BVI.

NR 620 comprehensively deals with the design and installation of the LNG transfer systems from bunkering ship to the receiving ship and the vapour transfer system from the receiving ship to bunkering ship, including LNG hoses, transfer arms and auxiliary systems for handling the LNG system.  The design and installation of the equipment intended for boil-off gas management and the gas piping system on the bunkering ship are also set out.  The safety arrangements had also been adequately covered.

For ships that provide extra facilities or services set out in the rule note, additional notations will cover:

RE: The additional service feature RE is assigned to LNG bunkering ships designed to receive LNG from a gas-fuelled ship for which the LNG fuel tanks have to be emptied.

Initial-CD: The additional service feature Initial-CD is assigned to LNG bunkering ships designed for initial cooling down of the receiving ship LNG fuel tank.

IG-Supply: The additional service features IG-Supply is assigned to LNG bunkering ships designed to supply inert gas and dry air, to ensure gas freeing and aeration, to a gas-fuelled ship that is designed in accordance with IGF Code, paragraph 6.10.4.

BOG: The additional service feature BOG is assigned to LNG bunkering ships designed to receive and manage the boil-off gas from the receiving ship generated during the bunkering operation.

Jean-Francois Segretain, Technical Director, Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore Division, says, “Establishing a secure and safe LNG bunkering chain is the key to a swift uptake of LNG fuel across shipping, and the small-scale LNG bunker vessels play a key role in developing that chain. These rules ensure safe development of small-scale LNG ships.”  Bureau Veritas can be visited in GASTECH at stand no c45.

Source: Bureau Veritas

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