Details of how the US Coast Guard, approaches gas carrier inspections have been released in a new publication aimed at ensuring safer operation of this vessel type.
The USCG’s Foreign Gas Carrier Examiner (FGCE) Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTP) has been updated to account for the newest gas carrier regulations and policies. To address identified deficiency trends on gas carriers Force Readiness Command (FORCECOM) and the Coast Guard’s Liquefied Gas Carrier National Center of Expertise (LGC NCOE) teamed up with several units to include Sector Boston, Sector Houston-Galveston and the Training Support Specialist from the Traveling Inspection staff. Marine inspectors from around the country utilised their collective experiences to update several sections of the previous FGCE TTP which incorporates new references, images, diagrams, and tables. The update also expands on systems such as electrical and gas detection which have historically been in the top five deficiencies found on gas carriers.
The intent of sharing this product is to disclose to industry how Coast Guard examinations of gas carriers are generally conducted and provide them a roadmap to demonstrate compliance at all times.
One of the essential purposes of the Coast Guard’s marine safety program is to ensure the safe operation of vessels and the contributors hope that this new FGCE TTP edition can aid the Coast Guard as well as the marine industry to identify and eliminate unsafe conditions and continually improve upon the safety record this industry has established.
The most current FGCE TTP can be found on the LGC NCOE website https://www.dco.uscg.mil/lgcncoe/carrier/ttp/