Coast Guard holds first fuel workshops, trains examiners from across US

The training aims to enhance technical competence on low-flashpoint fuel systems

(PORT ARTHUR, Texas) — Personnel from the U.S. Coast Guard’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise led the service’s inaugural low-flashpoint fuel workshops in Jacksonville, Fla,, from Sept. 13-17 and Sept. 20-24.

Workshop instructors trained the first wave of Coast Guard low-flashpoint fuel examiners serving at units from across the United States. This training enhanced examiners’ technical competence on low-flashpoint fuel systems, which will promote national examination consistency and mitigate risks throughout the U.S. Marine Transportation System.

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Coast Guard fuel examiners practice extinguishing a liquefied natural gas fire during a low-flashpoint fuel workshop in Jacksonville, Fla., on Sept. 20. U.S. Coast Guard photo

Representatives from the Coast Guard’s Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance, Training Center Yorktown, the Office of Design and Engineering Standards, traveling inspection staff, and the Cruise Ship National Center of Expertise also participated and provided support throughout the workshops.

“The Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise plays a critical role in ensuring the Coast Guard maintains pace with an industry that continues to evolve and innovate to reduce environmental impacts,” said Lt. Cmdr. William Hickey, detachment chief, LGC NCOE. “The low-flashpoint fuel workshops directly support the line of effort of transforming workforce capacity and partnerships within the Coast Guard’s Maritime Commerce Strategic Outlook.”

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville personnel hosted the workshops and provided field subject matter expertise.

“We are grateful for our industry partners throughout the Jacksonville maritime community who provided invaluable industry insight into our program,” said Lt. Cmdr. Steven Lewis, chief of inspections, Sector Jacksonville.

– U.S. Coast Guard

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