Qatargas chartered LNG ships carry out the first Ship-To-Ship (STS) transfer operation of LNG between two Q-Flex type ships following an incident involving one of the ships while transiting the Singapore straits. Whilst there were no reported injuries to personnel or impact on the environment, the incident did result in minor damage to the vessel.
Reinforcing Qatargas’ paramount commitment to the safety of people and the protection of the environment; rigorous planning, including formal Risk Assessment, were completed and approved by all concerned parties prior to the start of the STS operations.
The transfer of 211,000 M3 was conducted at anchor in open waters in Singapore utilizing specialized equipment and a contractor with LNG STS expertise. The operation commenced on 22nd January and completed on 28th January 2014.
In line with strong commitment to total customer satisfaction, various scenarios options were considered and the STS operation was identified by Qatargas as a key element to ensuring that Qatargas commitments and obligations to their valued customers were met. This was only achievable through the collective and collaborative effort of all parties involved in the operation, and with the cooperation and support of Qatargas’ customers.
The completion of this STS operation reinforces Qatargas’ position as the world’s largest producer and reliable supplier of LNG.