The U.S. Coast Guard has created a Domestic Vessel LNG Fuel System Inspection Job Aid. Prepared by the Liquefied Gas Carrier (LGC) National Center of Expertise (NCOE), the job aid can be used by USCG personnel for initial and annual inspections and periodic safety test procedures (PSTPs) for LNG fuel systems used onboard U.S-flag vessels using LNG as fuel.
In April 2015, the USCG Liquefied Gas Carrier (LGC) National Center of Expertise (NCOE) identified the need for and with USCG Headquarters program support established the LNG as a Fuel Workforce Development Committee (LNGFWDC) to identify USCG prevention workforce development needs for the emerging use of LNG as a maritime fuel and LNG bunkering.
The Domestic Vessel LNG Fuel System Inspection Job Aid, field tested onboard
vessels using LNG as fuel in the U.S. by local field units and the LNGFWDC, also gives vessel operators guidance on what the USCG inspections will entail.
It is a compilation of existing references and does not create new requirements or policy. You can download it from the USCG website at www.uscg.mil.
The LGC NCOE has also recently released a LNG Bunkering Job Aid for facility to ship operations and is working on a bunkering job aid for vessel to vessel LNG bunkering operations and a pre-commissioning fuel system job aid.
Additionally the working group is considering a need for a Foreign Vessel LNG Fuel System Inspection Job Aid and other workforce development documents to best prepare the Coast Guard for the growing use of LNG as a maritime fuel.