Article by Ian Cochran

Due to the lack of the number of LNGCs or LNG fuelled vessels in comparison to the overall worldwide tonnage, there is a shortage of trained/experienced seafarers (officers and ratings) for the carriage and handling (loading and discharging) of LNG cargoes.

In addition, there are probably even fewer seafarers (especially engineers) trained in operating and/or bunkering vessels using non-hydrocarbon burning engines, ECM Training Services (ECMTS) told LNG Shipping News,

“So in our opinion, there is a strong demand for training or will be soon,” said Jo Ann Cantú, Chief Operating Officer, ECMTS, which is based in Houston, Texas.

Although the courses do not offer simulation training, there is plenty of video training and true life experiences incorporated in the e-learning programmes. DNV GL accredited ECMTS is also capable of offering on board training and/or the ability to travel worldwide to deliver a company specific course at a venue of a client’s choice.

Within the next few years, the US is expected to become the world’s largest exporter of LNG. That means more LNGC port calls to the US and LNG fuelled vessels calling in the US for bunkers.

“Our advice would be to start the programmes sooner, rather than later while there is still ample time to have seafarers trained. Our courses will touch base on LNG equipment, LNG ancillary systems, the basics of LNG, LNG cargo operations, including bunkering, engine control systems, as well as logistics and commercial uses,” Cantú advised. “Operators who select training now will be more attractive to owners who have LNGCs or LNG fuelled vessels for management.”

ECM Training Services (ECMTS) is currently offering two 90-day LNG courses – LNG Cargo Operations and LNG as a Marine Fuel – as on line training programmes.  email:

Article written by Ian Cochran, editor of the Annual LNG Shipping Review and the LNG Shipping News, both published by the LNG Journal. Contact Mr. Ian Cochran via email: