This document provides guidance relating to the development and operation of floating LNG installations, which for the purposes of this document encompass floating storage units (FSUs), floating storage and regasification units (FSRUs) and LNG floating production, storage and offloading (LNG FPSO) units.

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This publication is for the guidance of Masters and navigating officers transiting the Straits of Malacca and Singapore. The grounding of the Japanese VLCC, ‘Showa Maru’, in January 1975, off Buffalo Rock in the Straits of Singapore, spilling crude oil into the surrounding waters, spurred on the establishment of the traffic separation scheme (TSS) in the Straits of Malacca and Singapore.

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These guidelines have been developed to assist flag State administrations to effectively implement their responsibilities with respect to the ship inspection and certification duties under the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006, as amended (MLC, 2006) updated to reflect 2014, 2016 and 2018 amendments.

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These suggested standards are useful for all types of LNG carriers, regardless of size. They are relevant to any officer that is involved in the entire LNG cargo cycle operation, including the role of cargo engineer.

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