Although LNG has been carried in commercial quantities by sea for 15 years, it is only in the last two, with the appearance of the new "second generation" 125,000 cu m ships, that international trade has begun to experience significant expansion. Recent years have also seen the four "accepted" containment systems consolidate their position as the primary carriers of LNG cargoes, a development which decreases the likelihood of a breakthrough by a new containment system in the short-term future. After the evolution of the existing containment systems is traced, the performance of the ships utilised in each of the ten current LNG projects is examined with a view to highlighting the design, construction and operational problems encountered and the measures used to correct them. The lessons inherent in this accumulated experience provide insights into the development of LNG shipping in the 1980s. These insights are augmented in the paper by a look at some of the trends already apparent.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 1-32

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00322609
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper 1, Session 3 Conf Paper
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 29 1980 12:00AM