Regulatory gaps between LNG carriers and LNG fuelled ships

Ha, Seung-man and Lee, Won-Ju and Jeong, Byongug and Choi, Jae-Hyuk and Kang, Jun (2019) Regulatory gaps between LNG carriers and LNG fuelled ships. Journal of Marine Engineering & Technology. ISSN 2056-8487

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    Abstract

    Given a number of marine vessels treating the liquefied natural gas either as cargo or fuel, this paper examined the regulatory gaps of two different international Codes – the InternationalCodeof the Construction and Equipment of Ships Carrying Liquefied Gases in Bulk and the International Code of Safety for Ships Using Gases or Other Low-flashpoint Fuels – from the regulatory standpoint. Results of the gap analysis have identified and discussed the key areas encountered with regulatory discrepancies or ambiguities that might interrupt the proper design, construction and operation of LNG carrier and LNG fuelled ship. A systematic investigation and harmonisation process across the Codes was proposed to mitigate the potential issues that may arise from the discordant regulations. Also, the International Maritime Organization was suggested to take proactive action to improve such dissonances while a general insight into the importance of filling those gaps was provided for rule-makers and stakeholders.