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Optimizing Oil & Gas Marine Terminals: Operations, Management, Maintenance & Safety

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This five-day training course is essential for marine terminal personnel. All applicable marine terminal regulations (current & proposed) and policies pertaining to marine transfer operations and spill contingency planning will be discussed. Delegates will receive a solid foundation of the requirements for oil & hazardous materials facilities and transfer operations.

This course will concentrate on Oil & Gas Marine Terminals and will cover all Operational and Managerial requirements for Oil/Gas marine terminals from the Human factor up to Vessel/Tanker operations within the oil/gas industry. This will cover the On-shore/Off-shore Terminals, Hydrocarbon properties & handling, Regulations & Requirements, Terminal Planning, Vessel Operations, Terminal Management & Operations, Security & Safety and other essential topics related to Export/Import Oil & Gas.

The topics presented during this course will provide companies with the information necessary to meet current and proposed compliance requirements more economically while maintaining the highest level.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, the delegates will be able to:

Apply an in-depth knowledge on operations and management of oil and gas marine terminals Optimize the operations of oil and gas marine terminals Implement the international regulations and requirements for the oil and gas marine terminals and acknowledge the importance of the human factor in the operation and management of the marine terminal Apply proven safe practices and procedures during the various operations in oil and gas terminals and manage oil spill contingency and emergency response plans Gain a good terminal management skills and employ the various terminal support operations such as berthing support, cargo transfer support, emergency response and vessel departure support

Course Outline

Day 1

Cargo Properties

Course Overview and Introductions Dangerous Cargos o Toxicity

  • Confined spaces

  • Breathable atmospheres

Hydrocarbon properties

Crude oil Liquified Petroleum Gas Liquified Natural Gas

Fires & Explosions

UEL & LEL BLEVE Pancake cloud explosions

Day 2

Storage & Transfer

  • Storage Tanks

Atmospheric aboveground storage tanks Floating roof, fixed roof, variable vapour space and pressurized tanks Tank inspections & cleaning

  • Transfer Systems

Centrifugal pumps design and operation Piping systems Flow and pressure matching

  • Ship-shore Transfers

Marine Loading Arms Lightering The Ship/Shore Safety Checklist

Day 3

  • Harbour & Vessels

  • Jetties, quays, wharves & SBMs

Harbour design and construction Sizing & tidal effects Depth constraints & dredging operations SBM design & construction

  • Hoses

Cargo compatibility Marking & testing Storage & maintenance

  • Shipboard management

Disposal of tanks washings, slops & dirty ballast Bunkering Communications & emergency response plans

Day 4

  • Safety and Risk

Ignition sources Electrostatic charge Hazardous zone classification Intrinsically safe equipment

  • Firefighting & protection

Fire detection systems Firefighting systems Shipboard firefighting systems

  • Risk

Risk assessments Risk management Qualitative and quantitative risk assessment techniques

Day 5

  • Terminal Management

Storage & transfer planning Berthing support Cargo transfer support Emergency response Vessel departure support Security and vessel access International regulations & requirements for oil & gas marine terminals

Course Methodology

A variety of methodologies will be used during the course that includes:

  • (30%) Based on Case Studies

  • (30%) Techniques

  • (30%) Role Play

  • (10%) Concepts

  • Pre-test and Post-test

  • Variety of Learning Methods

  • Lectures

  • Case Studies and Self Questionaires

  • Group Work

  • Discussion

  • Presentation

Who should attend

This course covers the systematic techniques of optimizing oil and gas marine terminals for marine terminal managers, superintendents, supervisors, engineers, port captains, custody superintendents, facility managers, facility training coordinators, safety & environmental managers/engineers/officers, spill management team members, transfer supervisors, marine shipping coordinators and dock maintenance planners.


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