Cameron LNG Implements Innovative Safety Measures to Protect Employees and Ship Crews
At Sempra Energy, we understand the vital nature of energy amid the COVID-19 pandemic and are committed to safely and reliably delivering energy to millions of homes and businesses across California, Texas, Mexico and beyond. Our family of companies are embracing innovative solutions to continue operating in this unique and challenging time.
Cameron LNG, Sempra LNG’s joint venture liquefaction facility in Louisiana, in coordination with the U.S. Coast Guard, has implemented a new and innovative “non-contact” liquefied natural gas (LNG) loading procedure that allows them to continue to safely operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Loading a ship with LNG cargo traditionally requires person-to-person contact in both confined and non-confined areas of the LNG cargo ship for 24 hours or more, involving on average 14 personnel from both the ship and shore tasked with executing commercial documents.
Under Cameron LNG’s newly implemented procedure, only four Cameron LNG personnel need to go onboard the ship and work with only two ship personnel for less than 4 hours — less than one-third the number of people and only 15% of the contact time. Enhanced equipment disinfecting, health screening and required use of personal protection equipment further reduces the potential for transmission of COVID-19, increasing the safety of both Cameron LNG employees and LNG ship’s crew.
The team at Cameron LNG is working to further improve this new process by incorporating additional technology like loanable mobile high-speed internet hotspots for LNG ships and cloud-based tools that could further streamline the document process.
Rapid implementation of an all-new process that enhances safety for Cameron LNG employees, ship personnel, and the surrounding community of Hackberry is a prime example of how safety is deeply engrained in the culture at all Sempra companies and joint ventures.