Commercial Vessel Compliance

3/12/2018: Liquefied Gas Carrier NCOE delivers training to LGC class society surveyors

Submitted by Lt. Cmdr. Eric Hanson, Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise

Photo of LGC NCOE's training in Houston

Photo courtesy Lloyds Register.

Staff from the Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) delivered a two-day Liquefied Gas Carrier Classification Society Surveyor Training and Information Exchange March 7-8, 2018.

The training was held at Lloyds Register’s training facility in Houston, and focused on providing local Classification Society surveyors an in-depth understanding of the Coast Guard’s examination process during Certificate of Compliance (COC) examinations onboard liquefied gas carriers. Most importantly, the training afforded numerous opportunities for open dialogue between local Coast Guard marine inspectors and class surveyors to raise awareness of key safety issues, critical equipment components, and common deficiencies found onboard liquefied gas vessels.

“Having two days of free flowing communication between class surveyors and Coast Guard inspectors who operate in some of the nation’s predominate liquefied gas carrier ports of calls establishes a new level of coordination and information sharing between the regulating body and the vessel safety community in the liquefied gas sector,” said Scott Mercurio LGC NCOE staff, and the training project coordinator. “This collaboration between the Coast Guard and the maritime industry is what the Coast Guard’s prevention world is all about and something the LGC NCOE is fully dedicated to nurturing.”

“The event’s success would not have been possible without the support of Lloyds Register, who opened up their training facility and helped coordinate the entire event,” said Lt. Cmdr. Dallas Smith, LGC NCOE detachment chief.

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

Visit LGC NCOE’s new website for more information and to read about upcoming scheduled events.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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