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U.S. Coast Guard Regulations “Making a difference”. Jeff Lantz Director, Commercial Regulations & Standards U.S. Coast Guard. 1. Why Regulate?. When required by law, to interpret the law, or to address “compelling public need” (Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Planning and Review)

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U.S. Coast Guard Regulations

“Making a difference”

Jeff Lantz

Director, Commercial Regulations & Standards

U.S. Coast Guard

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Why regulate
Why Regulate?

  • When required by law, to interpret the law, or to address “compelling public need”

    (Executive Order 12866: Regulatory Planning and Review)

    • Ensure activities of industry in keeping with broader societal objectives: safety, security, environmental protection

    • Provide enforceable policies for field

    • Provide reasoned, consistent, predictable policies for industry

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Uscg regulatory approach
USCG Regulatory Approach

  • Address risk in cost-effective manner

  • Consider economic impacts, with particular attention to small business impacts

  • Build international approaches where possible

  • Utilize industry consensus standards

  • Integrate regulations with policies to ensure reasoned, consistent enforcement

Additional

Requirements

Consensus Standards

International Standards

Industry Voluntary Measures

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Lng as fuel interest in the u s
LNG as Fuel - Interest in the U.S.

TOTE

RO/RO Container Ship

LNG Retrofit

4


Gaps in existing regulations
Gaps in Existing Regulations

The Current Regulations Do Not address:

  • Design and construction of LNG fuel systems.

  • Operations, training, and general safety for personnel on vessels where LNG fuel systems are installed.

  • LNG transfer operations (Current procedures viewed in light of oil transfers).

  • Small scale LNG (e.g. bunkering) operations conducted from vessels and shoreside facilities (Currently viewed in context of large scale cargo transfer).

  • Barges transporting LNG in bulk.

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U s coast guard policy letters
U.S. Coast Guard Policy Letters

Short Term Solution to Bridge Gaps:

  • Develop policy letters to address gaps in regulations until regulations can be developed.

    • Natural gas fuel systems on vessels

  • Base policy letters on existing regulations applicable to LNG cargo operations scaling down to fit needs and accomplish safety mission.

  • Ensure alignment with ongoing work of leading international organizations (e.g. IMO and ISO).

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U s code of federal regulations
U.S. Code of Federal Regulations

CFR

Long Term Solution to Close Gaps

  •  Initiate rulemaking project.

    • Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

    • Final Rule

  • Use implemented policy to identify any additional areas to be addressed in regulation.

  • Incorporate standards and guidance developed by the international community and LNG industry where appropriate.

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U s coast guard lng industry association
U.S. Coast Guard LNG Industry Association

Standards Development

  • IMO - International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases or Other Low-Flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code)

  • IMO - International Code for the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk (IGC Code)

  • ISO - International Guidelines for Bunkering LNG as a Marine Fuel (TC67 WG10)

  • NFPA 52 - Vehicular Gaseous Fuel Systems Code (updates to Chapter on Marine Vessels)

  • NFPA 59A - Production, Storage, and Handling of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG)

    Advisory Committees / Interagency & Industry Workgroups

  • CGHQ Internal Natural Gas Workgroup

  • Federal LNG Interagency Roundtable (Washington, DC)

  • CTAC Subcommittee on LNG/CNG as Cargo and Use as Fuel (Federal Advisory Committee)

  • SIGTTO – LNG Fuel Safety Advisory Group (London, UK)

  • LNG Fuel Advisory Council (chaired by DNV, Houston)

    Other Industry Contacts

  • Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute

  • Center for LNG 

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Thank you questions
Thank you – Questions?

Additional

Requirements

Consensus Standards

International Standards

Industry Voluntary Measures

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