Updated guidelines have been published which are a must read for anyone engaged with LNG bunkering

SGMF's latest guidelines take a holistic approach

Safer LNG bunkering

Source: SGMF

SGMF’s latest guidelines take a holistic approach

The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) has released its ’LNG as a marine fuel - Safety and Operational Guidelines - Bunkering’ publication. The third revision of the ’LNG as a marine fuel - Safety and Operational Guidelines - Bunkering’ by The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) is the most comprehensive yet.

“The safe and sustainable use of gaseous marine fuels are the core objectives for SGMF and these bunkering guidelines for LNG are a cornerstone reference for the industry,” said Mark Bell, General Manager of SGMF.

Established benefits

Mr Bell said that the continual adoption of LNG as a marine fuel is not only due to its environmental performance, but also the result of the considerable expansion of the LNG bunkering supply infrastructure.

Facilities are now well established in most parts of the world, and there are more operational LNG bunkering vessels serving the industry than ever before.

These latest guidelines take a holistic approach starting from the design of bunkering vessels and facilities to the planning and preparation of the bunkering operations and locations, which is completed with guidance on safe fuelling operations. 

The publication addresses the specific requirements for LNG used as a marine fuel, as well as synthetic and bio-LNG. Its content may also, with appropriate limitations, be used as a reference for other low-flashpoint fuels and systems not specifically addressed in these guidelines.

The publication is available for members to download via the SGMF website and non-members can pre-order it from the web shop.

SGMF said it is currently working on guidelines for other future fuels including ammonia and hydrogen.