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Marine Loading Arms Nitrogen Pressurization Requirements

Marine Loading Arms Nitrogen Pressurization Requirements

Marine Loading Arms Nitrogen Pressurization Requirements

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Dear All,

I would like to enquire on the requirement for nitrogen pressurization of Marine loading arms, I believe it is a safety requirement for keeping Marine loading arms position intact. Is there any international standard requirement reference for the same and :
- Is this a continuous requirement
- what is the sizing basis typically followed for estimating the consumption of N2 for the MLAs?

Thanks

Regards,

RE: Marine Loading Arms Nitrogen Pressurization Requirements

News to me.

Any more details? Size, location, product in the arms?

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RE: Marine Loading Arms Nitrogen Pressurization Requirements

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Hi LittleInch, MLA is 16'' , crude is handled , offshore Jetty

RE: Marine Loading Arms Nitrogen Pressurization Requirements

How exactly do you pressurise something which has an open end??

I don't believe their is any requirement but have a look at the Ocimf https://www.ocimf.org/ or isgott https://www.ics-shipping.org/publication/internati...

If it isn't in one of those then it doesn't exist as an international requirement.

Personally I think this inertibg of everything is not justified and you're more likely to asphyxiate someone than have anything catch fire....

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RE: Marine Loading Arms Nitrogen Pressurization Requirements

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Hi LittleInch, after checking with the offshore designer, MLA need to be strictly pressurized with nitrogen to sweep the liquid on both sides of the inboard and outboard arms and then to be kept inertized to allow safe disconnection of the coupling from the ship in order to prevent any flammable mixture that would ignite.

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