REPORT ON LNG BUNKERING REGULATIONS NOW AVAILABLE
ABS, a provider of classification services to the global marine and offshore industries, has released a report entitled Bunkering of Liquefied Natural Gas-Fueled Marine Vessels in North America. The objective of the report is to provide guidance to potential owners and operators of gas-fueled vessels, as well as LNG bunkering vessels and facilities, to help them obtain regulatory approval for projects.
The report takes a broad look at the requirements of various regulatory bodies including the IMO, US Coast Guard, Transport Canada, US Environmental Protection Agency and the many state and local authorities involved in a bunkering project. Included in the report is a recommended process for meeting those requirements and obtaining approval for the LNG bunkering infrastructure project. The report touches on a number of key considerations for any LNG bunkering project, including reviewing potential bunkering options; identifying potential hazards and risks and recommending potential safeguards; presenting state, local and port-specific issues; and summarizing applicable regulations and outlining a process for meeting those requirements and ultimately obtaining project approval. The report is available to the public through the ABS website, www.eagle.org.