*** NOTE - This scheduled class is being held at the Emergency Services Training Institute - Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) in College Station, Texas, not at USMRC's facility in Middletown, Rhode Island. ***
This five-day advanced course, the first of its kind in the Americas, is primarily designed to prepare marine and shore-based personnel to serve as persons in charge of LNG bunkering operations for gas fueled vessels, but is also pertinent for other industry professionals and public sector stakeholders who stand to benefit from a deeper technical understanding of LNG bunkering operations. USMRC developed the course through a partnership with the first operator of an LNG-fueled vessel in North America, Harvey Gulf International Marine and by a team of LNG marine fuel subject matter experts with significant and diverse operational experience. These same experts also provide the course instruction.
One of the unique aspects of this course is that it offers practical demonstrations, exercises and assessments using a high fidelity LNG bunkering system simulation tool. Another distinct feature of this course is the full day you will spend in an LNG emergency response and firefighting course at the Emergency Services Training Institute, Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). You will be required to don a complete fireman’s outfit and employ various techniques in the field for vapor control and fire extinguishing using actual LNG cryogenic material in intensive scenarios, including live LNG pool and flange fires.
“The hands-on parts of the LNG bunkering training at USMRC provide a true test for our mariners under a range of normal, unusual and emergency operating conditions – they really have to prove themselves. USMRC is clearly at the forefront of LNG bunkering training.”
Chad Verret, Executive Vice President – Alaska and LNG Operations
Harvey Gulf International Marine
USCG and IMO Standards
Successful completion of the LNG Bunkering PIC (Combined Basic and Advanced Low Flash Point Fuel Operations) course meets or exceeds the guidance for both the basic and advanced training specified in United States Coast Guard’s Office of Operating and Environmental Standards (CG-OES) Policy Letter Number 01-15 dated February 19, 2015 –GUIDELINES FOR LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS FUEL TRANSFER OPERATIONS AND TRAINING OF PERSONNEL ON VESSELS USING NATURAL GAS AS FUEL.
This course also meets the basic and advanced training guidance contained in International Maritime Organization (IMO) STCW.7/Circ.23 dated December 9, 2014 – INTERIM GUIDANCE ON TRAINING FOR SEAFARERS ON SHIPS USING GASES OR OTHER LOW-FLASHPOINT FUELS. The latter guidance was approved by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee in November 2014 pending the entry into force of the recently adopted International Code of Safety for ships using gases or other low-flashpoint fuels (IGF Code).
The core curriculum is also currently aligned with Annexes 6 (Resolution MSC.396(95)) and 7 (Resolution MSC.397(95)) - both adopted on June 11, 2015 - to the REPORT OF THE MARITIME SAFETY COMMITTEE ON ITS NINETY-FIFTH SESSION (MSC 95/22). These Annexes include the amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended and the Seafarers’ Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Code. USMRC’s basic and advanced training content meets the requirements of the new STCW competency Tables A-V/3-1 for basic training and A-V/3-2 for advanced training for ships subject to the IGF Code. The new STCW requirements for basic and advanced LNG marine fuel training also have an entry into force date of 1 January 2017 in parallel with the IGF Code.
Lodging and Meals
A wide variety of lodging options are available in the College Station area. Please see www.visitaggieland.com for further information.
For meals, lunches will be available on-site during the training. Students are responsible for breakfast and dinner.
Students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements.
College Station is equal distance between Houston and Austin in Texas. Further information about
local ground transportation can be provided upon request.
Monday, December 12, 2016 - Friday, December 16, 2016 8:00 AM - 5:00 PMEastern Time
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