In January 1959, the world's first LNG tanker, the Methane Pioneer (a converted World War II Liberty freighter) carried LNG from Louisiana, U.S., to Canvey Island, United Kingdom. This voyage demonstrated that large quantities of LNG could be transported safely across the ocean.
LNG has now been delivered across the world's oceans for 50 years without major accidents or safety problems, either in ports or on open waters. During that time, LNG ships have travelled more than 128 million miles, according to the Center for Liquefied Natural Gas. The robust and carefully coordinated trade of LNG that takes place every day proves that LNG is routinely handled safely and securely.
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Today at Canaport LNG, LNG is transported in double-hulled ships that are specifically designed to handle the liquefied gas cargo at -162 degrees Celsius (-259 degrees Fahrenheit) at normal atmospheric pressures. These ships are designed with many safety features to ensure safe marine transportation of the LNG and safe unloading at the receiving terminal.