Lloyd’s Register (LR) has developed a new notation that will come into effect as of January 1, 2016, for low-flashpoint fuels (LFPF). In the last 12 months, the industry saw revised International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code) and the International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code).
LFPF is assigned where the main machinery is designed to operate using a low-flashpoint fuel by the LR rules and regulations applicable to all ships using low-flashpoint fuels under an overarching notation that is clearly structured, scalable and can evolve as the industry’s knowledge matures.
Leo Karistios, LR’s Global Gas Technology Market Manager, commented, “The new class notation LFPF is Lloyd’s Register’s response to the market’s evolution maintaining its significance in the marine and gas market sectors.”
The LFPF notation is to be appended by the associated characters GC or GF:
The low-flashpoint fuel (or fuels) that the ship is designed to use is indicated in the notation using a two letter identifier:
- NG: Natural Gas.
- EG: Ethane Gas.
- PG: Liquid Petroleum Gas.
- ML: Methanol
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Source: Lloyd’s Register