THE INTERNATIONAL Chamber of Shipping has released the fourth edition of its Tanker Safety Guide (Liquefied Gas) publication.

ICS said the publication as definitive industry best-practice guidance for gas carrier operations and a carriage requirement under the national regulations of many flag states.

Revisions to the guide included emphasis on simplifying the human element processes on board to reduce the chance of root cause accidents attributed to human element, and new elements on bunkering and simultaneous operations.

All the updates reflect changes in the latest edition of the International Safety Guide for Oil Tankers and Terminals (ISGOTT 6). It also includes an updated section on reliquification to incorporate new technologies.

“Safety is critical to gas carrier operators, and it is hoped that this revised guide will become the standard guideline on the safe operation of gas carriers and the terminals they serve,” ICS nautical manager Gregor Stevens said.

“We are confident that the updated guide will contribute to the further improvement of the industry’s excellent safety record and are confident it will be a staple for users to remain at the forefront of current guidance.”

ICS said the content included in this latest edition has been developed and reviewed by senior industry experts with direct experience in the field.

It was designed to be user-friendly with an upgrade in the visual representation of technical information, including infographics and flow diagrams.

The guide is intended for on-board deck and technical officers, those training or providing training in liquefied gas transportation and anyone engaged in the transportation of liquefied gas by sea.