Several fleets are already working on these LNG-fueled vessel projects and, to judge the proposed designs, the USCG intends to use International Maritime Organization (IMO) guidelines, which are drawing from lessons learned in Norway, where carbon emissions have long been a concern.
“Tank placement is a thorny issue because all locations carry tradeoffs,” said Tom Campbell, energy analyst at Zeus Development Corp, a Houston-based energy market data provider. “Most U.S. fleets will rely on the Coast Guard stance to finalize plans”, he added.
The U.S. Coast Guard is one of five branches of the US Armed Forces. It is the nation’s oldest continuous seagoing service with responsibilities including Search and Rescue (SAR), Maritime Law Enforcement (MLE), Aids to Navigation (ATON), Ice Breaking, Environmental Protection, Port Security and Military Readiness.
Source: Zeus Development Corporation