You can take the same amount of natural gas that would fill 600 ships and send it overseas as a liquid in just one ship, called an LNG carrier.

LNG carriers are specially designed for transporting LNG and are equipped with state of the art safety and security technology. Like a thermos, the tanks that store LNG on the carriers are double walled stainless steel tanks that are insulated and specially designed to hold liquids at subzero temperatures.

On LNG carriers, LNG is stored at atmospheric pressure like liquid water in a pool rather than under pressure like propane in a BBQ tank. As a result, there is minimal risk of explosion.

LNG carriers are loaded and unloaded through insulated pipes, and a carrier usually take one day to fill before it heads out of port. Once an LNG carrier arrives overseas, the LNG is piped off the ship into LNG facilities that take the cold LNG and warm it back up into natural gas.

In more than 50 years of LNG carrier operations, totalling more than 80,000 voyages over 240 million kilometers, there has never been a major release of LNG from a carrier due to a collision, explosion, fire or hull failure.


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For more information:
Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia
LNG 101 (Government of BC)

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