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LNG Awareness Training Jacksonville First Responders

LNG Collaborative Trains Jacksonville First Responders

09/01/15 Des Plaines, IL

Jacksonville, FL First Responders trained in LNG Awareness

Last week Gas Technology Institute (GTI), in conjunction with the Florida State College at Jacksonville Fire Academy of the South (FAS), trained more than 150 stakeholders and first responders in liquefied natural gas (LNG) awareness. The training was developed specifically for Port of Jacksonville area stakeholders, especially local first responders, and included firefighters from the Jacksonville Fire Rescue Departments, the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville, and area law enforcement.

The training program was funded by a collaboration of companies currently participating in LNG projects, including TOTE’s Sea Star Line, JaxLNG, (a partnership of WesPac Midstream LLC and Pivotal LNG), the Florida East Coast Railway, the Crowley Maritime Corporation, and Eagle LNG Partners.

The Jacksonville Marine Transportation Exchange (JMTX)—the maritime trade organization that coordinates the safe, secure, and environmentally responsible management of the marine transportation system within the Port of Jacksonville—worked closely with U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville in seeking out potential members of the collaborative and garnering support from representatives of the local Area Contingency Planning (ACP) community.

TOTE’s Sea Star Line will take delivery of the first LNG-powered container ship this year, which will call on the Port of Jacksonville. JaxLNG is building the facility in Jacksonville that will provide LNG to the Sea Star Line and other LNG-fueled vessels. Eagle LNG Partners is developing a natural gas liquefaction facility and terminal in the Port of Jacksonville that will produce LNG for export and occasional domestic use, pending DOE/FERC authorization. Florida East Coast Railway is considering LNG as both a cargo and a fuel as part of its strategic planning process. Crowley Maritime is supplying LNG to Puerto Rico via barge and will take delivery of two container/roll-on roll-off vessels in 2017.

FAS provides training and educational opportunities to emergency responders in the public and private sectors. FAS offers the most progressive training for the maritime sector, and their facilities include an aircraft rescue and marine firefighting simulator. In 2016, FAS will construct an LNG firefighting facility at its location, sponsored by members of the LNG collaborative.

GTI leads a slate of R&D and training programs focused on LNG across the energy value chain, with a legacy dating back to the 1960s. GTI sponsored the first global LNG conference in Chicago in 1968 and continues as an owner of the triennial event. Training is delivered through instructor-led classroom courses, online self-study courses, and complete trainer materials for clients’ in-house programs.

For more information on the LNG collaborative or future training, contact Margaret Kaigh Doyle, GTI Senior Program Manager, LNG, at margaret.doyle@gastechnology.org or 847-477-8908.

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