LNG Steamship Suggested Competency Standards for Engineers
: Witherby Seamanship International Ltd
The marine transportation of LNG is the sole remaining sector of merchant shipping where steam propulsion systems remain widely employed and are still being installed. This set of standards forms the default minimum training recommendations for best practice.
The LNG industry has an excellent reputation for safe and reliable delivery. Training and developing engineers to service the industry is essential if this record is to be maintained. This set of standards forms a default minimum for best practices. SIGTTO believes that they can and should be built on by operators, who are encouraged to develop additional standards for their own operations and ships.
In 2009, SIGTTO set up a working group to tap into the valuable experience of their members. The standards that came from that exercise are presented in this book and were formally adopted by the SIGTTO board in Copenhagen on 26th May 2010.
In 2006 SIGTTO published a set of standards for the LNG shipping industry. This was followed by a similar set of standards for the LPG shipping industry in 2008.
Marine transportation of LNG is the last remaining sector of merchant shipping where steam propulsion systems are widely used and continue to be installed. SIGTTO’s members recognised that it was important to establish agreed competence standards for engineers operating and maintaining these vessels.
This set of standards forms the default minimum for best practice. SIGTTO believes that they should be built on by operators, who are encouraged to develop appropriate additional standards. SIGTTO also believes that the standards should be improved and adapted where necessary, in order to provide standards that are relevant and usable.
This set of standards, as a guidance document, cannot be considered to be mandatory. However, SIGTTO believes that they present the current best practice for operational training for engineers and recommends that they should be adopted by personnel involved in operating this type of vessel.