Last week, the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise’s, or LGC NCOE, held their second Coast Guard liquefied gas bimonthly webinar. These webinars are used to train Coast Guard vessel inspectors, facility examiners, pollution responders, security personnel and planners. The LGC NCOE works with the private sector to train Coast Guard personnel on the newest technologies.
The session was presented by Gaztransport & Technigaz, or GTT, a world leader in cryogenic membrane containment systems used for the transport and the storage of liquefied natural gas. Currently 70% of the existing global LNG carrier fleet is equipped with GTT membrane systems.
Aziz Bamik, General Manager GTT North America, provided an in-depth presentation on containment systems to include a discussion on the various types of liquefied gases transported by sea, challenges of storing liquefied gases and how different types of containment systems on the market mitigate these challenges. In addition, Bamik presented the Coast Guard with two full scale models of their new MARK III FLEX and NO 96 L03 containment systems featuring lower boil off rates to be used for training purposes at the LGC NCOE.
Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy expressed his appreciation to Bamik and GTT.
“These models, to be staged at the NCOE, and this presentation will help prepare countless Coast Guard members to better understand how liquefied gas is stored safely onboard ships,” said Thomas. “The liquefied gas industry will soon touch most every port in our country. Kudos to each of you for dedicating the time to better understand this emerging industry.”
The LGC NCOE is one of six nationwide national centers of expertise focusing on providing industry specific consultation and services to the Coast Guard and maritime industry. The LGC NCOE provides technical advice on matters related to liquefied gas in the maritime community; liquefied gas training and outreach opportunities; liquefied gas workforce forecasting and performance development; and technical expertise for the establishment of local and national liquefied gas guidance, policy and regulations.
For more information on the LGC NCOE, visit their website at www.uscg.mil/lgcncoe.
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