The Baltic Sea / North Sea / English Channel Environmental Control Area came into force on January 1st 2015. All vessels travelling in these areas must now use low sulphur fuels. This master class will examine the issues around one of these “clean” fuels – LNG. Europe is not alone in requiring these improved environmental regimes and the master class will also touch on other areas, particularly North America who also received their first gas fuelled vessel late in 2014.

This master class will examine the growing demand for gas as a marine fuel resulting from increasing emphasis on environmental performance and how this is being implemented worldwide.

• Assessing the current regulatory framework and ramifications on the LNG market
• Examine safety requirements for LNG use
• Understand the bunkering options available and apply them to your business case
• Evaluate the pros and cons of alternative clean burning fuels

Masterclass LEADER


Mark Bell

General Manager, Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel

Mark Bell is the general manager of SGMF. Mark has a wealth of maritime experience from various maritime sectors including tankers, bulk, defence and regulation. He is a Chartered Marine and Mechanical Engineer and has spent a total of 16 years with two leading Class Societies, LR and DNV. He spent 3 years with the UK Ministry of Defence and also has experience working for commercial ship owners and managers. Mark has spent a lot of his career outside of the UK having been based in Malaysia, Singapore and the Middle East and prior to these appointments he gained seagoing experience on VLCC's and various tankers including gas ships and both the steam and motor variants.

Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel

The Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel (SGMF) is a new non-governmental organisation (NGO) established to promote safety and industry best practice in the use of gas as a marine fuel. To cover the emerging gas as a marine fuel sector, SGMF has been established as a framework organisation within which both best practice and creative solutions can be reviewed and developed. The Society’s ultimate goal is to develop and produce definitive guidelines so that the process of using gas as a marine fuel can be undertaken safely worldwide. In this way, all the players along the gas supply chain will be able to realise the multitude of benefits that stem from its use in a safe and sustainable manner.

Masterclass programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Who is using gas as a fuel? – An overview of embryonic industry

David  Haynes

David Haynes, Technical Advisor , Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel

• LNG fuelled vessel in Europe, North America and the Far East
• How much grow is expected
• Where will the LNG come from

9:45 Why use gas as a marine fuel? – the regulatory environment

Mark Bell

Mark Bell, General Manager, Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel
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• IMO Regulations and ECAs
• Alternatives to LNG as clean fuels

10:30 Morning Coffee

11:00 Bunkering a gas fuelled ship – what options are available?

David  Haynes

David Haynes, Technical Advisor , Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel

• Bunkering from road tanker
• Bunker vessels
• Terminals and containerised systems

11:45 Fuel Quantity & Quality impacts on gas fuelled ships

Mark Bell

Mark Bell, General Manager, Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel
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• Understanding the basics
• Measuring quantity
• Calculating quality

12:30 Networking Lunch

13:30 LNG safety requirements

David  Haynes

David Haynes, Technical Advisor , Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel

• What are the hazards of LNG
• How can these be minimised?

14:15 Training needs for LNG bunkering

Mark Bell

Mark Bell, General Manager, Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel
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• Who needs training and what do they need to learn
• What training systems are proposed

15:00 Afternoon Tea

15:30 Case Study

• A case study which brings together many of the aspects of the LNG as fuel industry

David  Haynes

David Haynes, Technical Advisor , Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel

Mark Bell

Mark Bell, General Manager, Society for Gas as a Marine Fuel
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16:30 Review of Session - Discussion, Q&A

17:00 Close of Workshop



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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SAE Media Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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