Editor’s note: This post was updated Jan. 26, 2018, to add the photograph of the training attendees.
Submitted by Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise staff
Staff from the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) delivered 3-day Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) training to the Panama Canal Authority, Panamanian Government, the U.S. Embassy, and 1st responders, Jan. 16-19, 2018.
The training covered the chemical and physical properties of LNG, to include flammability, lower explosive limit, compression, cryogenic characteristics, and the general arrangement of LNG Carriers and their safety systems and cargo operations. The LGC NCOE staff also discussed LNG incident case studies, LNG terminals, re-gasification vessels, ship to ship transfers, LNG bunkering, and LNG as a marine fuel. In addition, the LGC NCOE instructors took class participants to a LNG Carrier and walked them through a Coast Guard examination.
“This training helped ensure the personnel at the Panama Canal are trained on the safety and security equipment and procedures for handling LNG transits,” said Lt. Cmdr. Dallas Smith, supervisor of the LGC NCOE. “Additionally, it strengthens U.S. strategic partnerships and provided essential expertise to this critical international shipping asset.”
The LGC NCOE is one of six 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.
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