IMPORTING LIQUEFIED NATURAL GAS--A SAFETY THREAT TO THE COASTS

Liquid natural gas imports are important, but dangers in transporting LNG from distant sources need careful examination. Large LNG tankers, although designed to withstand adverse climatic conditions and impacts, are in danger from collisions (resulting almost certainly in explosion) and fire. Reactions from LNG-water contact are examined, including small flameless explosions. Expansion of LNG geometrically by evaporation and the formation of ice blocks and a volatile, flammable vapor cloud, which can travel downwind at a rapid rate, are discussed. Should the plume catch fire, the flashback effect could destroy everything between the plume and its source, possibly destroying major ports. Existing government regulations regarding licensing, safety precautions, and LNG regasification facilities are reviewed.

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    Marine Technology Society

    5565 Sterrett Place, Suite 108
    Columbia, MD  United States  21044
  • Authors:
    • Magnuson, W G
  • Publication Date: 1973-10

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  • Accession Number: 00084609
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Pollution Abstracts
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 1 1975 12:00AM