Submitted by Lt. Cmdr. Eric Hanson, Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise
Liquefied-gas-industry experts and Coast Guard personnel from around the country came together at the Houston Marriott Energy Corridor in Katy, Texas, Dec. 3, 2019, to prepare for the increased use of liquefied gases throughout the maritime community and gain a deeper understanding of the intricacies each party faces as they adapt to the rapid growth of this multi-billion dollar industry.
This year, the Coast Guard was afforded the unique opportunity to host a Liquefied Gas Shipping and Terminals Forum as part of the annual Pan American Regional Forum. This event, hosted by the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO), in cooperation with Lloyd’s Register and the Coast Guard’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE), included educational information on topics such as the use of Anhydrous Ammonia as a marine fuel, ship-to-shore link systems, LNG bunkering facility operations, and LNG demand and the global supply. During the forum, attendees heard the latest on Coast Guard policy, industry regulations and procedures, and maritime liquefied gas projects either underway or proposed throughout the United States.
Capt. Kevin Oditt, commander of Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston, provided the forum’s opening remarks. Oditt discussed how the Coast Guard and maritime industry must work together to overcome challenges to ensure liquefied gas carriers receive timely and efficient vessel inspections and are held and maintained to the expected international standards.
The world has experienced an international shift with the explosive increase of transport and use of liquefied gases. Due in part to the environmental limitations put in place by the U.S. Emissions Control Area (ECA), the pending 2020 MARPOL VI reduced SOx regulations, and increased supply created from an expanding U.S. natural gas and oil industry, there is an abundance of low cost and clean fuel options for export and use in U.S. ports. These changes are leading to new import and export facilities, as well as liquefied gas fueled vessels and bunkering operations that are either already underway, or soon to be kicked off in ports throughout the nation.
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