Classification organisation ABS is to open a global liquified natural gas (LNG) training centre in Doha, Qatar, as part of its support of Qatar’s National Vision 2030 and the Tawteen Programme, which focuses on education and quality employment for Qatari nationals.
In collaboration with local corporations, the centre 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.
Christopher J Wiernicki, ABS Chairman, President and CEO, said: “LNG as marine fuel is one of the more mature alternative fuels and has the potential to accelerate decarbonisation efforts in the industry. Yet, LNG-fuelled vessels require unique specifications and additional training for mariners is something we recommend. We recognise that many shipowners are already turning to ABS for training solutions. This centre is the natural next step, and we are delighted to work with our clients to train the next generation of Qatari mariners with world-class safety standards.”
ABS trainers are experienced with both theoretical and practical knowledge of LNG and LNG carriers. The ABS training canter will offer virtual classes during the fourth quarter of 2022 and open its facility for in-person training in the first quarter of 2023.
Alongside the launch, ABS hosted its annual Qatar National Committee Meeting where maritime industry leaders came together to discuss the latest advances in sustainability and digital classification, regulatory developments and market trends.
Vassilios Kroustallis, ABS VP Global Business Development, said: “We are very excited to announce our new LNG training centre in Doha with the support of the Committee. As a leader in classification in Qatar, ABS values the insights from our Committee which includes the diverse expertise of many knowledgeable stakeholders and is a powerful resource to focus on regulatory and technological challenges.”
Kroustallis delivered a strong report card of ABS fleet safety performance underscoring ABS’ focus on safety and its mission. The members also heard how the ABS-classed fleet had grown to 277m gt and secured the number one position in global orderbook share.
Tawteen is the supply chain localisation programme for the energy sector in Qatar led by QatarEnergy.