LISCR hires former USCG LNG expert

Written by Nick Blenkey
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Until his retirement last month, Dallas Smith was head of the USCG Liquefied Gas National Center of Expertise

The Liberian International Ship and Corporate Registry has hired Dallas Smith as its Director of LNG and Offshore Technology and as General Manager its new Houston office.

Smith brings over 20 years experience as a U.S. Coast Guard officer to his new role. Until his retirement last month, he was head of the USCG Liquefied Gas National Center of Expertise where he was responsible for executing the Coast Guard’s liquefied gas safety, security, and environmental compliance mission around the world.

Prior assignments included positions as the Supervisor of Marine Safety Detachment Brownsville, and industry secondments as HSSE and LNG Marine Advisor to Cheniere Energy and Excelerate Energy. He was also a flag-state and port-sate Senior Marine Vessel Inspector in Houston.

In addition to his experience in the LNG sector, he also has offshore industry experience that includes being present for MODU construction, inspection, and auditing.

“Dallas is a great addition to the LISCR team, and his unique industry experience in LNG sets us apart from other flag states by having such a highly qualified in-house subject matter expert,” said LISCR Chief Operations Officer, Alfonso Castillero. “We have seen an increase in our LNG newbuilding orders for Liberia, and expect this will continue with Dallas joining our team and solidifying LISCR as not only a leader in the offshore sector, but for LNG. I am excited to have such a professional, and well-regarded expert join our dynamic global team. I know Dallas will do a great job for us, and our clients.”

Long regarded as a leading “expert flag” in the gas and offshore field, Liberia has strengthened its in-house technical and commercial capabilities for LNG and offshore and will provide its fleet with both regulatory and commercial expertise and understanding of what clients need.

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