“M.E.B.A. is at the forefront when it comes to providing qualified, trained and completely vetted marine officers for the LNG trade,” said M.E.B.A. President Ron Davis. “We are committed to working with any companies willing to utilize U.S. merchant mariners in the transportation of natural gas to the United States.”
PICs serve as a deepwater port operator’s representative and are normally stationed aboard vessels during cargo operations. These highly skilled officers must be familiar with deepwater port operations, emergency and security procedures. PICs are also responsible for coordinating gas discharge operations between the Energy Bridge Regasification Vessels (EBRV), ports, pipeline operators and other downstream interests. They also monitor cargo transfer operations, disconnection, maneuvering off STL Buoys and maintain communications between the offshore port and the port managers. Under the terms of the agreement, M.E.B.A. will also supply marine officers for liquefied natural gas ship-to-ship (STS) transfer operations.
Construction commenced this week on Excelerate Energy’s Northeast Gateway deepwater port. The new port, which is located 12 miles off the coast of Massachusetts, is New England’s first LNG deepwater port and will be the second operating LNG deepwater port globally. The first, Gulf Gateway, is located approximately 100 miles off the coast of Louisiana. Gulf Gateway is also owned by Excelerate Energy.
M.E.B.A. recently signed a memorandum of understanding to supply qualified marine officers to Excelerate Energy to crew their expanding fleet of LNG tankers operating globally. M.E.B.A. has also ramped up their training curriculum at the Calhoon M.E.B.A. Engineering School (CMES) in Easton, Maryland. This curriculum is specifically tailored for LNG deepwater port operations, making it the first program of its type in the world.
This agreement represents a successful public-private partnership between the U.S. Congress, the Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MarAd), and private industry. MarAd has worked tirelessly to promote the use of U.S. mariners in the international LNG trade, and has been successful in securing commitments with a number of operators to use American citizen mariners.