This document is Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular [NVIC] No. 05-08. "(a)The purpose of this circular is to provide guidance to (1) an owner or operator seeking approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build and operate a LNG [Liquefied Natural Gas] facility, as defined in 33 CFR Part 127, and (2) the Coast Guard as it assesses LNG marine operations under its regulations, noted in reference (a), and fulfills its commitment to FERC as outlined in reference (b). This circular reflects updated information and experience gained since NVIC OS-OS was released on June 14,2005. In particular, the Coast Guard has revised the fonnat of the Letter of Recommendation (LOR) to confonn to its intended effect of being a recommendation to FERC as to the suitability of the waterway. This circular may be updated further as more infonnation comes to light regarding risks and risk management measures for the marine transportation of LNG. c. This circular clarifies the timing and scope of the process, pursuant to FERC regulations (reference (c) . that is necessary to ensure that full consideration is given to safety and security of the port, the facility, and the vessels transporting the LNG. It provides various guides and letter templates that can be used by Coast Guard and industry personnel as appropriate. d. This circular does not address LNG Deepwater Port (DWP) facilities licensed under the DWP Act of 1974 (33 U.S.C. § 1501, et seq.), as amended, nor does it apply to facilities that handle liquefied hazardous gases other than LNG."
Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular No. 05-08
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