RINA S.p.A (RINA), the holding company of the multinational testing, inspection, certification and consulting engineering group based in Genoa, Italy, has started a “Gas Centre of Excellence”, launching it at last week’s Posidonia event in Athens. RINA says the initiative is in response to the EU masterplan and the increased interest in the use of LNG as a fuel.
The EU masterplan aims to develop framework conditions for the use of LNG on ships in the Mediterranean, Atlantic Ocean and Black Sea areas. This plan will increase the potential of Motorways of the Sea by lowering transport costs and reducing CO2, NOx and SOx emissions, in conjunction with greening the transport corridors and using LNG as an alternative to marine bunkers.
RINA’s Gas expertise covers Test, Inspection and Certification (TIC) and Consulting Engineering services including CSM, which focussed on special steel alloys. It will be “virtually” centred in Italy, Greece and Northern Europe, giving RINA the flexibility to deliver services globally, thereby helping the industry address the particular needs of utilising Gas as a green fuel source. This specialist knowledge has already led to the classification of four LNG fuelled cruise vessels having a capacity of 8000 persons. And in the development there are two EU projects (GAINN4CORE and GAINN4MOS) which aim to support the use of LNG as fuel.
Paolo Moretti, RINA Services’ Marine General Manager said, “This initiative brings together the global gas expertise amalgamating the competencies from within the group. RINA Services will provide classification and inspection, particularly of vessels and offshore and onshore terminals. Experts from CSM will provide advice on materials. D’Appolonia are actively providing engineering consultancy around the design, construction and management of LNG terminals. Operating LNG ships and terminals demands significant training so the RINA Academy, as part of our Gas Centre of Excellence, has developed both basic and advanced LNG fuel courses, in line with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) requirements”.