Skangass, Fjord Line Conclude LNG Leakage Incident Inquiry

Skangass, Fjord Line Conclude LNG Leakage Incident Inquiry

The investigation into the LNG leakage incident that occurred during truck to ship bunkering of MS ”Bergensfjord” in Risavika on May 9th, 2014 performed by Skangass and Fjord Line has been concluded.

No one was injured and the vessel was not damaged. The investigation report also concludes that the incident did not cause any danger to passengers or crew on board the ship.

”Naturally Skangass will implement all remarks and preventive actions followed by the supervision of the Norwegian Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB) on June 24th, 2014, in addition to the additional safety measures already implemented.

Skangass and Fjord Line are working closely together to make sure that preventive actions and procedures are synchronized between ship and shore,” said Tor Morten Osmundsen, Managing Director of Skangass.

”Our experiences from the incident will also be used to improve all bunkering operations by Skangass.”

The incident was caused by a test of the ship’s stability system taking place at the same time as bunkering the MS “Bergensfjord” that resulted in a large exterior strain to the hose connection to the bunker station on board the ship.

The leakage is estimated to 130 kilograms of LNG.

”Skangass and Fjord Line will in cooperation with among others the emergency services carry out relevant and realistic exercises related to incidents during the bunkering operation.

The practicing of equipment, communication and organisation will improve our learning. We will become better prepared for managing unexpected incidents”, said Mr. Osmundsen.

Press Release; July 1st, 2014

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