SEA\LNG Bolsters Coalition with New Member

  • As Methane Gas Leak Led to Deadly Tamar Explosion

The multi-sector industry coalition SEA\LNG has further strengthened its membership with the addition of Japan-based Marubeni.

With the new member, the SEA\LNG coalition bolsters its efforts to drive forward the widespread adoption of liquefied natural gas (LNG) as a marine fuel, and to progress its vital role as a viable solution in the energy transition within shipping.

Since its launch in July 2016, SEA\LNG’s membership has grown from 13 to 25 members, indicating the industry’s attention to LNG as a cost effective, safe, and more environmentally friendly long-term fuelling solution.

The coalition continues to voice its views on the need to work collaboratively with key players across the entire LNG value chain to break down the barriers to LNG uptake ahead of the global sulphur cap from 2020.

“Marubeni has a great wealth and breadth of expertise in relation to LNG and we welcome their knowledge as we continue to support the energy transition in shipping,” Peter Keller, SEA\LNG chairman and executive vice president of TOTE Inc., said.

“SEA\LNG will continue to unite organisations that work together to address market barriers to LNG uptake, and to help transform the use of LNG as a marine fuel into a global reality,” Keller added.

In the meantime, based on a preliminary analysis, an explosion aboard the Marshall Islands-flagged bulk carrier Tamar in late April was caused by a methane gas leak.

The Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI) Maritime Administrator informed that the likely immediate cause of the explosion and fire was methane gas leaking from the no. 1 cargo hold and entering the windlass control room and adjacent spaces.

Additionally, the ignition source of the explosion could have been an electric charge when a light or another electrical component was energized or some other ignition source. It was noted that the lighting, wiring, and electrical fittings were not explosion proof.

Two seafarers died and two others were severely burned following the explosion and fire in the boatswain’s store room aboard the bulker on April 24. At the time of the incident, the 623-foot ship was some 1,300 miles off the coast of Cape Cod.

The Administrator recommended that ship owners, ship management, and Masters review the bulker’s cargo arrangements and as necessary employ appropriate risk assessment and risk mitigation measures through their Safety Management Systems.

The investigation related to the 56,600 dwt ship’s explosion is ongoing, RMI said.

World Maritime News