Commercial Vessel Compliance

9/11/2015: Industry hosted technical training on membrane cargo containment systems and services to Coast Guard personnel

Written by Cmdr. Jason Smith

The Coast Guard’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise, or LGC NCOE, and the Office of Design and Engineering Standards coordinated a technical liquefied gas training seminar presented by Gaztransport and Technigaz, or GTT, at Coast Guard Headquarters. The seminar provided more than 100 Coast Guard and class society engineers with an in-depth understanding of the primary cargo containment systems used in over 70 percent of the existing global liquefied natural gas, or LNG, Carrier fleet.

The GTT leadership and engineering team, from their headquarters office in France and North American office in Houston, discussed the design and construction, control and safeguards and the maintenance and inspection techniques used to ensure safe maritime transport of liquefied gases. They also discussed the lifecycle support GTT provides the industry from front end research and development to 24-hour field assistance and response services.

The GTT team was led by GTT President and CEO, Philippe Berterottière, who provided the opening presentation on the state of the global LNG industry and GTT’s role in it.

Rear Adm. Paul Thomas, assistant commandant for prevention policy kicked off the event with some opening remarks.

“I would like to express my personal appreciation for helping to train Coast Guard engineers to better understand the technical aspects of membrane containment systems. The training will provide our current and future Coast Guard leaders with the necessary insight on these complex systems just in time for the expected growth of LNG throughout the maritime community to include the numerous liquefaction facilities and LNG carriers to support them as well as the use of LNG as a marine fuel and the associated bunkering operations,” said Thomas.

Berterottière expressed the shared importance of ensuring both regulators and industry understand the risks, safeguards and services available to maintain the industry’s safety record.


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

About GTT

Gaztransport & Technigaz, or GTT, is a manufacturer of cryogenic membrane containment systems used for the transport and the storage of liquefied natural gas. GTT operates in several sectors: liquefied natural gas carriers, very large ethane carriers, multi-gas carriers, floating liquefied natural gas units, floating storage and regasification units, onshore storage tanks and the use of LNG as a fuel.

GTT is listed on Euronext Paris, Compartment A (ISIN FR0011726835 Euronext Paris: GTT) and is included in SBF 120 and MSCI Small Cap indices.

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