Information about LFF


Low flashpoint fuel (LFF) as maritime fuel

Low-flashpoint fuel (LFF) means gaseous or liquid fuel having a flashpoint lower than 60°C or 140°F.  The worlds first LNG fueled passenger ferry is "MS Glutra" that started sailing in 2000.

Since 2000 Norway has used natural gas as a maritime fuel. Today, LFF fuels also include methanol, ethanol and hydrogen. The estimated number of LFF fueled ships is shown in the graph below.

Estimated number of LFF fueled ships

Natural gas, methanol and ethanol are produced from natural gas fields, but can also be formed through renewable sources such as biomass, agricultural and timber waste. Methanol and ethanol are liquid under ambient air conditions and can be stored in conventional non-pressurized tanks.

Liquified natural gas (LNG) has a boiling point of -163°C or -260°F, while liquid hydrogen has a boiling point of -252°C or -423°F. Both fuels must be cooled down before they can be stored in insulated tanks.

LFF Safety training

The IGF code requires personnel onboard LFF fuelled vessels to complete a specially safety training. The training requirements are described in STCW  AV/3-1 (Basic) and STCW AV/3-2 (Advanced).

Gassteknikk Ltd is approved by the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) to run this training.  We are also registred in The European Maritime Safety Agency EMSA.  

  • Basic training concept: E-learning + Practical assessment + end test according to STCW AV/3-1. This course is following IMO model course 7:13.  
  • Advanced training concept: (after fullfilled Basic training): 3 days remote course and end test according to STCW AV/3-2. This course is following IMO model course 7:14.  

In cooperation with SINTEF OCEAN (Marintek) we have developed the next generation training program for crew at gas-fuelled ships. Gassteknikk Ltd offers a mobile version of this training.  

Gassteknikk offers training world wide

Today we offer training at the following destinations:

Norway - Stavanger (SVG), Bergen (BGO) and Bodø (BOO)
Denmark - Hirtshals
Phillippines - Manila (MNL) at Philippine Center for Advanced Maritime Simulation and Training, PHILCAMSAT (The MAST)