LNG has been safely transported to markets around the world in LNG carriers for more than 50 years. There have been over 135,000 voyages by LNG carriers which have travelled more than 151 million miles without a major incident or loss of cargo –that’s nearly the equivalent of a trip from earth to the sun and back.
LNG would be transported to overseas markets by customers’ vessels or by Malaysia International Shipping Corporation (MISC), a shipping fleet owned by PETRONAS. All LNG carrier crews must meet stringent training and experience requirements to transport LNG, and all vessels would be guided into and away from the terminal by government certified B.C. marine pilots, as well as escort tugs.
Despite the practice in some ports that have LNG shipping, we do not expect the need for a Safety Zone around moving LNG carriers. Fishing and recreational vessels should continue to operate as and where they do today. BC pilots will be embarked to make use of their local knowledge and to ensure compliance with the Rules of the Road that prevent vessel collisions. They will also ensure that the LNG carriers remain separated by time and space from other commercial traffic arrivals and departures. When LNG carriers are at the terminal there will be a safety zone around them of about 200m; the actual distance will be set in cooperation with the port to minimize the effect on navigable waters but to ensure a safe distance between vessel traffic and LNG carriers during cargo loading.
Pacific NorthWest LNG is also participating in marine simulations and safety studies in close cooperation with the Prince Rupert Port Authority, and participating in Transport Canada’s shipping and navigational risk assessment, TERMPOL.