This study evaluates the safety issues associated with the marine transportation, handling, and storage of LNG. The panel concluded that the first concern should be the prevention of an accident that would lead to a large, uncontrolled release of LNG in or near populated areas. This concern was addressed by reviewing the design principles of LNG transportation systems, the operational principles involved in the shipment of LNG, and other factors that might reasonably be expected to improve further the safety of the system. The panel concluded that the second concern was the development of ways to mitigate the consequences of potentially hazardous LNG releases in the event that, contrary to all expectations, measures to maintain tank integrity should fail. Development of these methods requires an understanding of the underlying physical and chemical principles governing large LNG release, including spill dynamics, dispersion on water as well as on land, ignition, and resulting fire and blast effects.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Materials Advisory Board

    National Research Council
    Washington, DC  United States 

    United States Coast Guard

    2100 Second Street, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20593
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

Media Info

  • Pagination: 355 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00318523
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NMAB-354
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-CG-74248-A
  • Files: NTIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 2002 12:00AM