With the development of technology for marine transportation of liquefied natural gas <LNG>, and its worldwide implementation, General Dynamics has thoroughly investigated the feasibility of an Arctic submarine LNG tanker. Conceptual designs have been developed, ranging from a 27,000 cum shuttle tanker to a 140,000 cum tanker for large-scale operations. The technical, economic and operational feasibility of the 140,000 cum submarine LNG tanker concept has been confirmed by a number of theoretical studies, the latest of which was presented at the Gastech '81 LNG/LPG International Conference and Exhibitions <see Abs. No. 59765, June 1983>. Design development work has been continued beyond the conceptual stage: cooperation with the American Bureau of Shipping and the US Coast Guard has established the technical groundwork for development of regulatory requirements specifically applicable to LNG cargo submarines. The aim of this paper is to present the submarine as a safe, reliable vehicle ideally suited for transportation of LNG from the Arctic. The paper focusses on <1> the operational benefits of a submarine LNG tanker system; <2> submarine design features which enhance the safety of the ship, the cargo system, and the crew; and <3> the technological basis for commercial development. Both nuclear and non-nuclear propulsion systems are considered.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Soc. N.A.M.E. <Los Angeles Metropolitan Section>. Paper presented Oct. 1982 (32 pp., 7 ref., 6 diag.)
  • Authors:
    • Jacobsen, L
    • Lawrence, K
  • Publication Date: 1982


  • English

Subject/Index Terms

  • Subject Areas: Marine Transportation;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00684972
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Maritime Technology
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 1995 12:00AM