Bunker checklists

One of the main objectives of the working group was to create harmonized LNG bunker checklists for known LNG bunkering scenarios. These checklists reflect the extra requirements of ports with regard to LNG bunkering operations in or near their port environment. By using bunkering checklists, a high level of quality and responsibility of the LNG bunker operators can be obtained.

Implementing harmonized bunker checklists in ports will also be of great benefit to the vessels (and their crew) bunkering LNG in other ports because it will reduce the potential confusion caused by having to comply with different rules and regulations in different ports.

The working group has developed three bunkering checklists for implementation in ports:

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Truck to Ship checklist

The checklist that have been produced to assist in the joint use of LNG bunker checklist for Truck to Ship bunkering. Before the LNG bunker operations commence, the master, the LNG bunker truck operator and, if applicable, the terminal representative should:

  • Agree in writing on the transfer procedures, including the maximum loading or unloading rates;
  • Agree in writing on the action to be taken in the event of an emergency, and
  • Complete and sign the LNG bunker checklist Truck to Ship

Ship to Ship checklist

IAPH provides the LNG STS bunker checklist for use with Ship-to-Ship LNG Bunkering in a port. This checklist is available in two alternative versions. Ports or other competent authorities may choose either version A or B to be applicable for their port. But what is the difference?

  • The ‘A’ version of the STS bunker checklist has three columns, respectively for the (receiving) ship, the bunker vessel and the terminal;
  • The ‘B’ version of the STS bunker checklist has only two columns, respectively for the (receiving) ship and for the bunker vessel. This checklist also includes a Terminal Information Sheet.

IAPH recommends that terminals should be involved in the process to enable and ensure safe LNG bunker operations at their berths. The choice as to which checklist is to be used in a port should be based on the formal responsibilities of the terminal, which may depend on national or regional legislation. If the formal role of the terminal includes certain responsibilities with respect to the STS bunker operation, STS bunker checklist ‘A’ would be the checklist of choice. In case the terminal only is to be informed on which operational risk mitigation measures are to be taken during STS bunker operations, version ‘B’ would be checklist of choice.

The LNG STS bunker checklist is a safety tool on an operational level. Independent of the choice of bunker checklist, port authorities or other competent authorities should acquaint themselves, that terminals are also involved on a system safety level. This way ensuring safe LNG bunker operations by having terminals perform the correct procedures in both preparatory and operational process states.

Bunker Station to Ship checklist

The checklist that has been produced to assist in the joint use of LNG bunker checklist for Bunker Station to Ship bunkering. Before the LNG bunker operations commence, the master, the LNG onshore bunker station operator and, if applicable, the terminal representative should:

  • Agree in writing on the transfer procedures, including the maximum loading or unloading rates;
  • Agree in writing on the action to be taken in the event of an emergency, and
  • Complete and sign the LNG bunker checklist Bunker Station to Ship

Use and editing of bunker checklists

The checklists contained in this section are for general use in order to maintain appropriate safety levels when bunkering LNG in situations to which these checklists apply. If you would want to use these checklists for inclusion in the rules, requirements and/or guidelines applicable in your area of responsibilities, you are free to do so provided the following conditions are met:

  • The existing text of the questions may not be changed nor may questions be added.
  • However, where in view of local circumstances, it is considered that certain questions are not appropriate, these questions may be omitted in full only and the IAPH LNG Administrator should be promptly informed of such action by using the Contact function on the Home page of the website.
  • On each page of your version of the checklist, the source “IAPH” and the IAPH logo should be included in an appropriate position.
  • Translations have been authorized.

If you would like to receive editable copies of the checklists contained in this section of the ”IAPH LNG fuelled vessels” Website, you may submit a request on this page.