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COAST GUARD SEEKS FEEDBACK ON DRAFT LNG BUNKERING POLICIES

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking public comment on two draft policy letters related to LNG bunkering. The first draft policy letter provides voluntary guidance for LNG fuel transfer operations on vessels using natural gas as fuel in U.S. waters, and training of personnel on those vessels. It recommends transfer and personnel training measures that they believe will achieve a level of safety that is at least equivalent to that provided for traditional fueled vessels. It would apply to vessels equipped to receive LNG for use as fuel, but not to vessels carrying LNG as cargo that use boil-off gas as fuel. The second draft policy letter discusses voluntary guidance and existing regulations applicable to vessels and waterfront facilities conducting LNG marine fuel transfer (bunkering) operations. This second letter provides voluntary guidance on safety, security, and risk assessment measures they believe will ensure safe LNG bunkering operations. The U.S. Coast Guard is requesting industry comments on these draft policy letters before signature and public release. The response period closes March 10, 2014. For more information, click here.