Progress is linked to the development and conservation of natural resources. The history of the evolution of the ships built for the carriage of LNG, from the Methane Pioneer, completed in 1958, to the two put in operation in 1971, is outlined. The American Bureau of Shipping requirements applicable to these vessels are reviewed. Specific aspects of the rules relative to the design of various containment systems are discussed, including large cylindrical or spherical tanks, where a detailed stress analysis of the type indicated by Section VIII, Division 2, of the ASME Pressure Vessel Code is made. Analytical methods based on the latest engineering theory and practice are used in conjunction with high-speed electronic computers. Reference is made to the materials used for the ship's hull and the cargo tanks. The various containment systems are briefly described. Specific conclusions are not dealt with, as supply and demand, as well as the economic and political factors, are as important as the actual construction of LNG carriers in making the decisions to build or operate such vessels.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • A state of the art review by the American Bureau of Shipping.
  • Corporate Authors:

    American Petroleum Institute

    1220 L Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20005-4070
  • Authors:
    • Swenson, E
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1972-5

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00035239
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: American Petroleum Institute
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 27 1974 12:00AM