November 11, 2014 – Middletown, R.I. – The United State Maritime Research Center in Middletown, Rhode Island is pleased to announce that Margaret Kaigh Doyle has been named the U.S. vice chairperson of the Training and Competency Working Group for the Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF).
The London-based organization, whose mission is to promote safety and industry best practices in the use of gas as a marine fuel, is expanding its scope into the United States. As a result, the working group will focus on developing a training and competency framework designed to satisfy both International Maritime Organization (IMO) and United States Coast Guard regulations.
USMRC is first organization in the Americas to offer simulation-based LNG as a marine fuel training. The bunkering course developed by USMRC, through its Maritime Simulation Institute, is being offered ahead of any U.S. Coast Guard regulations governing LNG bunkering. MSI has extensive experience in full-featured tugboat operations teaching and is applying its simulator expertise to LNG bunkering.
“If the prognosticators are correct, in five years the U.S. will be the Saudi Arabia of natural gas. Ships calling on U.S. ports and those doing business in the U.S. will have a real need for gas as a marine fuel. The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel was created as an international organization to further this cause, ” said Doyle.
Doyle is a longstanding appointed member of US Coast Guard Chemical Transportation Advisory Committee (CTAC). She also chairs the recently formed CTAC subcommittee tasked with “Developing Recommendations for Safety Standards for the Design of Vessels Carrying Natural Gas as a Cargo or a Fuel”. Doyle also participates on the U.S. Delegation to the IMO on matters of LNG as a fuel.
SGMF maintains working relationships with other industry bodies, governmental and intergovernmental agencies, including the IMO, to better develop and disseminate industry best practice advice and guidance among its members.
USMRC is an independent nonprofit organization with a niche focus specializing in navigation safety, maritime risk mitigation, human capital development and raising awareness of international shipping, maritime trade and transport. The organization is recognized as one of the world’s leading providers of marine operations research using real-time, man-in-the-loop simulation. From helping partners identify and mitigate security threats, to understanding how ports, vessels and crews can mitigate physical risk on board, our research team works with domestic and international partners to advance the field of maritime operations around the world.
The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel is a non-governmental organization (NGO) established to promote safety and industry best practice in the use of gas as a marine fuel. SGMF encourages the safe and responsible operations of vessels using gas as fuel and all marine activities relating to the supply of gas used for fuel. To this end, the society publishes studies and produces information papers and works of reference to promote best practice for safe and responsible operations for both LNG-fuelled vessels and LNG bunker supply logistics.