Last week, NFPA attended the 59th Annual Marine Chemist Association (MCA) Seminar in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Sounds a bit odd, doesn’t it? In actuality, Albuquerque provided a central meeting spot between the coastlines. The group was able to hear speakers from a number of stakeholders including NFPA, OSHA and the U.S. Coast Guard.
For their service to the Marine Field Service Program, the MCA awarded Larry Russell, NFPA Principal Chemical/Marine Specialist and Jill McGovern, NFPA Marine Chemist Project Administrator at the event.
Coincidentally, the meeting location happened to be near Sandia National Laboratories. Dr. C. LaFleur and Dr. G. Gran from Sandia spoke on the future of hydrogen as marine cargo and as a fuel source. As the demand for alternative fuels, notably liquefied natural gas (LNG) and hydrogen, continues to grow, it will directly impact the maritime industry and global consumers.
NFPA has been associated with the marine industry since the early 1900s. In 1963, the NFPA Marine Field Service was created to manage the Marine Chemist Program.
So back to the story…what is a marine chemist? A marine chemist is an individual who is certified by the NFPA Marine Chemist Qualification Board (MCQB) and is qualified to issue these certificates in compliance with NFPA 306 Standard for the Control of Gas Hazards on Vessels, OSHA and the US Coast Guard. Please check out Jill McGovern’s blogs to find out more about marine chemists and their role on the qualification board.
For more information on LNG and hydrogen applications, please reference NFPA 59A Standard for the Production, Storage, and Handling of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and NFPA 2 Hydrogen Technologies Code.
Photo (left to right): Larry Russell (NFPA), Jill McGovern (NFPA), Don Raffo (MCA)