Two new merchant mariner credential (MMC) endorsements are available for Seafarers who have received training in the use of low flashpoint fuels.
“Basic IGF” is for mariners with designated safety duties associated with the care, use or emergency response to the fuel on vessels subject to the IGF Code (in longhand, International Code of Safety for Ships using Gases or other Low-flashpoint Fuels). In general, this includes ratings and operational deck officers who may be standing watch while fueling evolutions are underway.
“Advanced IGF” is for masters, engineering officers and all personnel with immediate responsibility for the care and use of fuels and fuel systems on vessels subject to the IGF Code. In general, the person who is designated as the PIC of the fuel transfer should have this training (CG-OES Policy Letter 01-15) in addition to the master, engineering officers and anyone else with the immediate responsibility.
If a mariner has taken the Paul Hall Center/ SHLSS course Basic Low Flash Point Fuel Ops (SHLSOS-805) (BLFPO) – or any BLFPO course – and has a course completion certificate, they can apply through the National Maritime Center website, or through a U.S. Coast Guard Regional Exam Center, to receive the IGF endorsement.
If the International pages of a mariner’s MMC are endorsed with Basic (V/3-1) or Advanced (V/3-1) Liquefied Gas Tanker Cargo Operations, they are eligible to receive the Basic IGF Code Operations (V/3- 1) endorsement. There is no fee or testing required.
Simply navigate to https://www.dco. uscg.mil/national_maritime_center/ and follow the instructions. On the USCG application CG-719, Section II, under “requested Coast Guard credential – description of endorsement desired” request the following: BASIC IGF CODE OPERATIONS.