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Ice-breaking LNG carrier completes first ship-to-ship transfer operation in Norway - MOL

Logistic News - Published on Fri, 30 Nov 2018

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Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) announced that the ice-breaking LNG carrier Vladimir Rusanov, which is jointly owned by MOL and China COSCO Shipping Corporation Ltd (China COSCO Shipping), has successfully completed the first ship-to-ship transfer (STS) operation at Honningsvåg, Norway.

On November 24, Vladimir Rusanov, which started LNG transportation services for the Yamal LNG project in March, completed unloading of Yamal LNG cargo to a lower ice class LNG carrier named Pskov. The two vessels were directly moored alongside each other during the STS operation in the calm sheltered waters of Honningsvåg. The fact that neither vessel was moored to the jetty was a unique feature of this STS operation.

Without this STS operation, the ice-breaking LNG carrier would have been required to navigate to a LNG receiving terminal in continental Western Europe, necessitating more than two weeks navigation for the round trip. However, by carrying out this open sea STS operation at Honningsvåg, the carrier was able to shorten by approximately a week the time needed to transport its cargo, enabling the vessel to carry out more frequent cargo lifting from Sabetta, where access by non-ice-breaking vessels is limited in the winter period. Immediately after completion of the STS operation, the ice-breaking LNG carrier headed back to Sabetta for her next cargo loading.

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Posted By : Joykumar Irom on Fri, 30 Nov 2018
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