Gas and LNG > LNG Bunkering and Hydrogen Fueled Vessels: Technical, Commercial, and Safety

About this Training Course

The contribution of shipping’s Green House Gas (GHG) emissions as a proportion of the world’s total emissions could increase significantly. New ships are currently regulated by the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) and the European Commission in the European Union has in place regulations to monitor emissions from ships calling at EU ports from January 2018 (references to IMO 2012 and European Commission 2013).

Energy efficiency technologies and the introduction of alternative fuels play an important role in mitigating such emissions. Alternative fuels could be an option for a significant reduction in shipping emissions in the long term. The most attractive alternative fuels for shipping are LNG, biofuels, methanol and hydrogen. The most attractive uses of LNG and hydrogen within the context of a de-carbonization of the energy system are a vector for storing renewable energy, for domestic heating, and as fuel for the transport sector.

The drive behind the investigation of LNG and hydrogen fuel for ships is that it could theoretically lower the operational carbon dioxide emissions of the shipping fleet. Hydrogen and fuel cell combination could have a higher efficiency compared to current marine diesel engines. There are different perspectives from which hydrogen as a fuel for shipping can be studied. A wide scope could incorporate the entire shipping system and capture the interactions of hydrogen power ships with the rest of the system. Another possibility is to study the supply of hydrogen at refuelling port terminals and the infrastructure required.

Depending on how the regulation is applied, we examine the implications of using hydrogen on board ships. Assessing the use of LNG and hydrogen on board ships requires the study of the design and engineering of an LNG / hydrogen fueled ship and the associated main propulsion system, and all implications associated with each of the technological components, the effect on the volume and weight of the ship due to the hydrogen storage system as well as capital and operational technology costs. Regardless of the specific storage system chosen, special safety considerations have to be taken into account when hydrogen is stored on board ships, just as for any other fuel with low flammability limits.

For example, new requirements would be needed for ventilation, alarm systems, and fire protection as well as the introduction of other measures to limit the likelihood and consequences of hydrogen leakage This course represents the early work on a study of hydrogen fueled ships that does not address some of these details. Although there has been much work on the use of LPG and hydrogen in automotive applications, the literature for the use of hydrogen on board ships is lacking and the implications that such storage systems would have on cargo carrying capacity is poorly understood. Moreover, there are few studies that have compared different hydrogen storage systems, quantifying and visualising their possible impact, and comparing with conventional heavy fuel oil (HFO) tank or other alternative fuel storage systems such as LNG tanks.

The purpose of this 3 full-day course is to analyse the impact of hydrogen storage systems on board ships in terms of quantifying and visualising their impacts on a specific ship and in terms of loss of cargo capacity that a ship might have due to the extra volume required in relation with other factors such as range and power. This course will also equip participants with the practical tools and techniques that can be utilised to manage risks more effectively and make better practical decisions while handling.

This course can also be offered through Virtual Instructor Led Training (VILT) format.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Reinforce knowledge about operations that are carried out in accordance with all relevant national and international maritime legislation, local regulations, and industry best practices.
  • Evaluate the different procedures and factors affecting cost of the operation.
  • Ensure overall safety for LNG operation on the use of correct size and number of fenders and certified tested hoses.
  • Become familiar with LNG and Hydrogen vessels, operations and equipment.
  • Enhance their understanding of Ship-to-Ship transfer equipment, design, maintenance – and training methods for STS.
  • Be familiar with the differences of Person in Overall Advisory Control, Mooring Master and Master of the Ship.
  • Establish a useful methodology in reducing risk.
  • Understand environmental challenges
  • Recognise and understand differences in operations and hazards between oil and gas vessels.
  • Understand the requirements for LNG and Hydrogen vessel compatibility and Optimoor studies and follow an LNG spill response case study

The VILT course is intended for the following:

  • Ship Owners and Managers
  • Offshore Vessel and FPSO Owners and Operators
  • Oil Majors, NOCs and Independents
  • Ship Superintendents and Safety Officers
  • Ship Officers and Crews (Master, Chief Officers, Chief Engineers etc)
  • Loading and Mooring Masters
  • STS Service Providers
  • Liquid Cargo and Bunker Surveyors
  • Ports and Terminal Operators
  • P&I Inspectors and Executives
  • LNG FSU Owners, Managers, Operators
  • Company Assurance Managers and Superintendents
  • Intermediate

Your expert course leader is an Independent Marine Engineering Surveyor and Forensic Marine Engineer. For the past 27 years, he has been heavily engaged as an expert regarding LNG vessel and offshore platforms, STS – ports and harbor infrastructure, machinery failure investigation and safety, LNG propulsion and vessel component integrity and failure. He is an independent expert in the Marine Engineering field, dominating matters involving the Oil and LNG, Hydrogen and biofuel sectors. He lectures in the field of marine survey engineering, LNG auditing and safety throughout South East Asia, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and the United States of America (Gulf). This includes developing and providing expert training in LNG and Hydrogen vessel and offshore platform HSE/NEBOSH/SIMOP/LNG/IMO and ILO. He advises multinational participants in the Oil and LNG/STS, and the geotechnical LNG drilling sector in areas regarding offshore LNG and oil platform installations in Australia, USA and throughout South East Asia. From a Marine Engineering and Surveying perspective, he has worked aboard a variety of LNG vessel classes including LNG Oil/Carriers, Multi-Purpose Self Loaders, Offshore Anchor Handling Vessels, Offshore Supply Vessels – Oil and LNG, Combo – Heavy lift Ships – Class LNG. Foremost, he has been instrumental in the early development of hydrogen and biofuel Marine industry developments in USA and Europe bunker refuelling sector. He is an independent Navy and Government advisor, former fleet manager, Class Surveyor and technical superintendent in the LNG Sector. This includes the oversight of STS HSE in the North West Shelf (Chevron – Gorgon Project $54 Billion USD Offshore LNG). He has previously also been engaged as an qualified Court Litigation Expert, advisor and ‘in house’ independent consultant to various multinationals within Australia, Europe and South East Asia in LNG Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S). He also investigated catastrophic (fatal) engineering incident(s) that have occurred at sea, within these ports and ashore on behalf of numerous worldwide Government Agencies in USA and Australia. Some of his industry specific experience and assignments are listed below including LNG/ STS training, research and technical diagnostic experience in the fields of LNG and Offshore Installations and marine engineering.

  • LNG Carrier and Oil Exploration Ships and Offshore Support Vessel Class – Woodside Pty. Ltd North West Shelf (Australia)
  • LNG – CHEVRON GORGON Independent Technical Expert – $54 Billion USD Liquid Natural Gas [LNG] – Project – [OMSA Offshore Marine Service Alliance] – Barrow Island (Western Australia) Marine Engineering and Safety Compliance – LNG/SIMOP/HSE/IMO/ILO
  • Port Infrastructure and Safety. LNG – Chevron Gorgon STS Facility and Heavy Lift Loading Facility – Henderson, Western Australia. Stevedoring and Safety Compliance – SIMOP/LNG -HSE/IMO/ILO
  • Marine Engineering Surveyor and LNG/STS technical Expert Shipping and transport logistics. LNG – Turbine and Gas Platform infrastructure installation and mobilization
  • Technical Independent Expert: Royal New Zealand Navy WARSHIP – RNZS Combat Supply and Multi Role War Ship – HMNZS War Ship ‘Canterbury’.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
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