Design & Engineering Standards

4/14/2015: Design standards for U.S. barges intending to carry liquefied natural gas in bulk

The Coast Guard’s Office of Design and Engineering Standards recently released CG-ENG Policy Letter 02-15 to provide interim guidance for the design standards for barges carrying liquefied natural gas in bulk.

As interest in the use of LNG as a maritime fuel has increased, the Coast Guard has been approached by a number of vessel designers and operators requesting specificity regarding the design and operation of barges carrying LNG in bulk. This policy recommends design details for barges carrying LNG in bulk within the existing regulatory framework. This document consolidates guidance the Coast Guard has given to industry personnel who are designing LNG barges and to the Coast Guard personnel who are reviewing those designs.

View Policy Letter No. 02-15 for full details.

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