OCIMF/CDI addresses oil/chemical transfers shutdown systems

Apr 21 2017

An information paper, jointly released by CDI and OCIMF on 21st April, recommended an emergency shutdown (ESD) connection linking a ship and terminal ESD systems, to enable manual activation by the terminal or ship to stop cargo transfer operations.

“Linked ship/shore ESD systems have been a standard safety feature of LNG transfer operations for many years,” explained OCIMF director, Capt Andrew Cassels. “It has been a challenge for the oil and chemical industries to do the same, because there hasn’t been a universally accepted piece of equipment to achieve the required connection. This paper recommends a connection that should help terminals and vessels achieve that compatibility.”

CDI’s general manager, Capt Howard Snaith, added. “The point of the ship/shore interface remains one of the most critical aspects of safe cargo operation. I strongly believe this paper will bring a lot of benefits to the industry both ashore and afloat in enhancing safety relating to that point of change in cargo custody transfer.”

The paper recommended the use of an electrical umbilical incorporating 5-pin twist connectors for universal adoption. It can be used to provide the connection at both onshore and offshore terminals.

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