ABS announced it will open a global LNG training center in Doha, Qatar, as part of its support of Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and the Tawteen Program, which focuses on education and quality employment for Qatari nationals.
In collaboration with local corporations, the training center will focus on LNG production and operations, ensuring that seafarers are skilled to work with this dynamic fuel and the most modern fleet of vessels.
LNG as marine fuel is one of the more mature alternative fuels and has the potential to accelerate decarbonization efforts in the industry. Yet, LNG-fueled vessels require unique specifications and additional training for mariners is something we recommend
said Christopher J. Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO.
The ABS training center will offer virtual classes during the fourth quarter of 2022 and open its facility for in-person training in the first quarter of 2023.
Recently, ABS issued a regulatory update to remind that on November 1st, 2022, amendments to MARPOL Annex VI will enter into force and set the stage for the implementation of the Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII) beginning 1 January 2023.
In that regard, operators need to revise the existing Ship Energy Efficiency Plan to include a Part III for Carbon Intensity Indicator (CII), calculation and rating in order to conform with the revised MARPOL Annex VI accordingly.
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