Glasgow-based Stream Marine Training (SMT) has become the first training provider in the UK to deliver STCW (International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) approved courses to teach seafarers how to use LNG as a fuel.
SMT recognised three years ago that there was a gap in the market to improve training and awareness on the use of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel. Since the IMO announced its 2020 regulation on sulphur emissions, the adoption of LNG as a marine fuel has increased.
The company has already successfully delivered training to 15 companies made up of around 20 different nationalities, including the crew of the first LNG powered cruise ship. Other stakeholders include governments, industry majors in the cruise, ferry, emergency response & salvage, ports and container sectors.
“SMT had the foresight to develop LNG training well ahead of the rest of the industry even before the STCW standard was ratified, as we knew that it would be an important fuel in the run up to the Sulphur Cap. Our experts have developed an excellent course which dispels all the myths associated with the use of this fuel and delegates get to see the storage, bunkering and transfer of the fuel at first hand. We have also customised LNG courses for specific sectors of the industry that have particular requirements including our work with the Society of Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) to produce information booklets on all aspects of LNG use,” said Martin White, CEO at SMT.
Customised LNG training is also available with courses tailored to specific maritime sectors like Oil & Gas, the cruise and ferry markets and container lines.
“Delegates can either come to our offices in Glasgow or if there is sufficient demand from a particular client, we can travel to a specific location to carry out the training,” said Tony in’t Hout, director of Marine and Technical business. “Our customised courses are tailored to cover particular aspects of the sector that our delegates work in so they are aware of how to safely implement LNG as a fuel.”