Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel provides expansive and updated guidelines on safe bunkering of LNG

Thursday, 20 January 2022
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The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) has released its most detailed version yet of a publication of operational guidelines to enhance safety during the marine bunkering of LNG fuel.

The SGMF said this third revision of “LNG as a marine fuel - Safety and Operational Guidelines - Bunkering” is the most comprehensive coverage of all aspects related to LNG bunkering operations.

“The maritime industry is increasingly adopting LNG as the fuel of choice for newbuild vessels,” said the Society.

“Together with the environmental performance LNG use provides, this growing trend is also the result of the considerable expansion of the LNG bunkering supply infrastructure,” it added.

“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,” stated the SGMF.

In anticipation of this growth and beyond, the safe use of LNG as a marine fuel has been a priority issue for SGMF.


“The information contained in this publication is gold dust for anyone bunkering an LNG fuelled ship,” said the Chairman of the SGMF Samir Bailouni, who is also Chief Operating Officer of Qatari gas shipping line Nakilat.

“These practices and insights are collated from the best the industry has to offer, and I extend my thanks to our members for providing this invaluable information not only for the benefit of the industry, but for society as a whole,” stated Bailouni.

The first published version of the SGMF’s LNG bunkering guidelines was in 2014 and it has now been “significantly updated and revised for 2022”.

The SGMF said the guidelines are recommended by the society as a “must have” for anyone engaged with any aspect of LNG bunkering.

“The safety track record of LNG bunkering operations has been exceptional and SGMF has played a leading role in developing a ‘safety first’ approach to bunkering operations through its publications, work, and influence,” declared the SGMF.

The SGMF noted that among its membership organisations there were tens of LNG bunkering ships operating with hundreds of ships using LNG between them and with LNG bunkering occurrences now in their thousands.

The publication covers not only actual operations, but also the actions and activities leading up to that final stage, making the bunkering efficient and safe.

“The overall aim of this new publication is to ensure that gas-fuelled ships can be bunkered safely, reliably, efficiently, and in an environmentally responsible way,” said Mark Bell, General Manager of the SGMF.

“The industry now has a comprehensive portfolio of publications for LNG as a marine fuel and the Society will continue to update them with good, if not the best, practice the industry has to offer,” he added.

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