The aim of the course is to provide training to meet the minimum mandatory requirements for training and certification for masters, officers, ratings and other personnel for service on ships using fuels covered within the IGF Code, as per Regulation A-V/3 and Section A-V/3-1 of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended, hereafter referred to as STCW.
At IMO, MARPOL Annex VI has undergone amendments from time to time to incorporate the revised requirements on the reduction of pollutants in emissions from ships. In the quest to reduce SOX, NOX, and CO2 emissions from ships, enhanced research is leading to use of alternative fuels for the propulsion system.
The International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels (IGF Code) aims to minimize the risk to ships, their crews and the environment, given the nature of the fuels involved. Ships engines designed to use gas or low-flashpoint liquids as fuel will be governed under the IGF Code requirements. These cleaner fuels will help meet the IMOâ€™s 2020 Sulphur emission cap and the 2025 Design Efficiency requirements.
Officers and ratings joining ships fueled by Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels eg LNG, CNG, LPG, Methyl/Ethyl Alcohol, etc. shall need to undergo Basic / Advanced safety training on the handling during bunkering, storage and transfer of such volatile fuels.
Contents of the course
- Design and operational characteristics of ships subject to the IGF code
- Basic knowledge of IGF fuels and fuel storage systemsâ€™ operations
- Basic knowledge of the physical properties of IGF fuels on board ship and the associated hazards
- Understanding of fuel characteristics on ships subject to the IGF code as found on a Safety Data Sheet (SDS)
- Awareness of function of gas-measuring instruments and similar equipment
- Fire-fighting agents and methods used to control and extinguish fires in conjunction with the different IGF fuels found onboard ships
- Basic knowledge of emergency procedures, including emergency shutdown
- Basic knowledge of measures to be taken in the event of leakage/ spillage/ venting of IGF fuels from ships.