The United States Coast Guard has released a marine notice on the guidance of an optional, formal operational risk assessment to help the marine industry carry out LNG bunkering safely with other simultaneous operations (SIMOPS).
- USCG states that it has concerns regarding SIMOPS while bunkering LNG fuel. SIMOPS include passenger embarkation/debarkation, loading ships’ stores, discharging waste, loading/discharging consumables, ship maintenance/repair, hull cleaning and more.
- It has released a notice that can be used as a tool to shipowners and operators to help with the risk of SIMOPS while LNG bunkering and carry out an optional risk assessment of their SIMOPS.
- Notice encourages LNG suppliers to engage early with Captains of the Port to help identify anticipated risks and mitigation measures.