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Rotterdam unites safety research with first LNG training facility

19 September 2014

Together with the Unified Fire Department, Falck Risc will draw up guidelines and recommendations for emergency response services in dealing with Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG). This study is part of the LNG Masterplan for Rhine-Main-Danube project and will be ready at the end of this year. As coordinator for the Rhine Corridor in this European project, Port of Rotterdam Authority is in charge of this project.

The two organisations were chosen because of their elaborate expertise on emergency repression. René de Vries (Harbour Master at Port of Rotterdam) explains: “Their pragmatic approach will lead to direct input on how to act in case of a LNG incident in the inland navigation sector. Emergency response organisations in the entire Rhine-Main-Danube area, ranging from Rotterdam to Constanta (Romania), will benefit from this study.” Together with the ports of Antwerp, Mannheim, Strasbourg and Switzerland, the outcome will lead to practical advices and strategic methods how emergency response can be aligned for inland navigation.

“This study is a big step towards creating a harmonised and efficient European regulatory framework for LNG as fuel and cargo in inland navigation”, says De Vries. The study is now in progress and the final report is expected at the end of 2014. The proposed recommendations will be send to the European Union to contribute to creating an unified set of regulations and guidelines about the transport and use of LNG for inland shipping.

Falck Risc, based in the port of Rotterdam, is not only expert in LNG regulation recommendations, but is also professionally skilled in how to act safely while handling LNG. On 19 September 2014, Falck opened the very first northwest European training facility for liquefied natural gas on the Rotterdam Maasvlakte. The new hightech training facility at the Maasvlakte will greatly contribute to safe handling of LNG. Firecrews, employees and members of company emergency response teams in the chemical and petrochemical industries will be able to train in a realistic environment in anticipating and dealing with the risks involved in LNG. For more information, you may refer to the press release.

LNG Falck oefenfaciliteit in bedrijf
Photo source: Port of Rotterdam Authority