OCIMF and CDI have released a joint information paper on Linked Ship/Shore Emergency Shutdown Systems for Oil and Chemical Transfers.
This information paper recommends an Emergency Shutdown (ESD) connection that will link ship and terminal ESD systems so that manual activation by the terminal or ship will stop cargo transfer operations.
Linked ship/shore ESD systems have been a safety feature of LNG transfer operations standards for many years. Similar safety issues exist with oil and chemical transfer operations but the provision of linked ESD systems between ships and terminals has been hampered by the lack of an accepted industry standard for equipment to achieve the required connection.
The paper gives details of a recommended connection for industry that will enable ship and terminal ESD systems to be linked so that manual activation by the terminal or ship will stop cargo transfer operations. The information paper recommends an electrical umbilical incorporating 5-pin twist connectors for universal adoption.
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