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Commission Delegated Directive (EU) 2020/12 of 2 August 2019 supplementing Directive (EU) 2017/2397 of the European Parliament and of the Council as regards the standards for competences and corresponding knowledge and skills, for the practical examinations, for the approval of simulators and for medical fitness (Text with EEA relevance)

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VI.STANDARDS OF COMPETENCE FOR LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS (LNG) EXPERTS

1.The expert shall be able to ensure compliance with legislation and standards applicable to craft that use LNG as fuel, as well as with other relevant health and safety regulations.

The expert shall be able to:

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1. ensure compliance with relevant legislation and standards applicable to craft using LNG as fuel;
1.

Knowledge of regulations relating to craft using LNG as a fuel such as relevant police regulations, relevant regulations on technical requirements and ADN.

2.

Knowledge of classification society rules.

3.

Ability to instruct and monitor crew member operations in order to ensure compliance with legislation and standards applicable to craft using LNG as a fuel on board the craft and in particular with the bunkering procedure.

2. ensure compliance with other relevant health and safety regulations when sailing and moored.
1.

Knowledge of relevant health and safety regulations including relevant local requirements and authorisations in particular in port areas.

2.

Ability to instruct and monitor crew member operations in order to ensure compliance with other relevant health and safety regulations.

2.The expert shall be able to be aware of specific points of attention related to LNG, recognise the risks and manage them.

The expert shall be able to:

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1. recognise specific points of attention related to the specific characteristics of LNG;
1.

Knowledge of definition, composition and quality attributes of LNG, Safety Data Sheet (SDS): physical properties and characteristics of the product and environmental characteristics.

2.

Knowledge of the adequate storage temperature, flashpoint, explosion limits and pressure characteristics, critical temperatures, related hazards, atmospheric conditions, cryogenic properties, the behaviour of LNG in air, boil-off and inert gas e.g. nitrogen.

2. recognise risks and manage them.
1.

Knowledge of safety plans, hazards and risk, including knowledge of muster list and its related safety tasks.

2.

Ability to conduct risks management, to document on-board safety (including safety plan and safety instructions), to assess and control dangerous areas, fire safety and to use personal protective equipment.

3.The expert shall be able to operate the systems specific to LNG in a safe way.

The expert shall be able to:

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1. operate the systems specific to LNG on-board and connected to on-board systems in a safe way.
1.

Knowledge of technical aspects of the LNG system such as

  • general configuration and operating manual,

  • LNG bunkering system,

  • spill control equipment,

  • LNG containment system,

  • gas preparation system,

  • LNG pipe system,

  • gas supply system,

  • engine room concept,

  • ventilation system,

  • temperature and pressure (how to read a pressure and temperature distribution chart),

  • valves (in particular, the main gas fuel valve), pressure relief valves,

  • control, surveillance and safety systems, alarms, gas detection and dry breakaway couplings.

2.

Ability to present the mode of action of LNG, read pressure and temperature, operate stripping, containment, gas supply, ventilation, pipe and safety systems, valves and to manage boil-off of LNG.

4.The expert shall be able to ensure regular checking of the LNG system.

The expert shall be able to:

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1. perform and monitor regular checks of the LNG system.
1.

Knowledge of maintenance and monitoring of the LNG system.

2.

Knowledge of possible malfunction and alarms.

3.

Ability to perform daily maintenance, weekly maintenance, regular periodic maintenance, to correct malfunctions and to document maintenance work.

5.The expert shall be able to know how to perform LNG bunkering operations in a safe and controlled manner.

The expert shall be able to:

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1. perform and monitor bunkering procedures in a safe way.
1.

Knowledge of

  • identification marking in line with relevant police and port regulation,

  • conditions for berthing and moorage for bunkering purposes,

  • LNG bunkering procedure,

  • purging of the LNG system,

  • relevant checklists and delivery certificate,

  • bunkering safety measures and evacuation procedures.

2.

Ability to start and monitor bunkering procedures including measures to guarantee safe mooring, correct position of cables and pipes in order to avoid leakage and to take measures to safely disconnect LNG and bunkering connection if needed at any time.

3.

Ability to ensure compliance with relevant safety zone regulations.

4.

Ability to report start of bunkering procedure and to perform safe bunkering according to manual including ability to monitor pressure, temperature and LNG level in tanks.

5.

Ability to purge pipe systems, to close valves and disconnect craft from bunkering installation and to report end of procedure after bunkering.

6.The expert shall be able to prepare the LNG system for craft maintenance.

The expert shall be able to:

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1. prepare the LNG system for craft maintenance and for renewed use.
1.

Knowledge of correct purging procedures such as use of drainage of gas and flushing of LNG system prior to shipyard stay.

2.

Ability to perform

  • inerting of the LNG system,

  • LNG fuel tank drainage procedure,

  • first filling of LNG fuel tank (drying and cooldown)

  • entry into service following a shipyard stay.

7.The expert shall be able to handle emergency situations related to LNG.

The expert shall be able to:

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1. react appropriately in emergency situations (such as LNG spills and leaks, skin contact with low temperature substance, fire, incidents related to transport of dangerous goods with specific hazards or craft running aground).
1.

Knowledge of emergency measures and on-board safety documentation (including the safety plan and safety instructions).

2.

Ability to react appropriately in case of emergencies such as

  • on-deck LNG spills,

  • skin contact with LNG,

  • LNG spills in closed spaces (e.g. in engine rooms),

  • LNG spills or natural gas leaks in inter-barrier spaces (e.g. double-walled fuel tanks, double- walled pipes),

  • fire in the vicinity of LNG fuel tanks or in the engine rooms

  • pressure built up in pipe systems after Emergency Shut Down activation in case of imminent release or venting.

3.

Knowledge of specific hazards related to the transport of dangerous goods and craft running aground or colliding.

4.

Ability to take emergency measures and remote surveillance emergency measures e.g. to properly control LNG fire, pool, jet and flash fire.

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