An overall of 14 LNG carriers crowded at loading and reloading facilities in northern Norway on January 16. The number of the vessels reflects the busy days both Honningsvåg and Hammerfest, two towns located along the coast of the Barents Sea. are experiencing.
Mainly, six tankers conducted ship-to-ship reloading of LNG in the Sarnes Fjord by Honningsvåg.
The STS is the biggest operation of its kind that took place in the area, as local STS operations started in late November 2018.
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Amongst the 14 LNG carriers were ‘Vladimir Rusanov’, ‘Christophe de Margerie’ and ‘Georgy Brusilov’. All three of them were serving natural gas to Russia’s Yamal Peninsula.
Additionally, sources state that the vessels were reloading to the ‘Flex Endeavor’, ‘Patris’ and ‘BW Tulip’.
The reloading process is part of a collaboration between Novatek, Russian natural gas company, and Tschudi Group, a Norwegian logistics company.
Ice-class tankers transport to Honningsvåg where they reload to additional tankers that transmit the shiploads in Rotterdam and other terminals.
In conclusion, along with the six tankers in Honningsvåg, there were four extra tankers, in the Barents sea, waiting to reload. An eleventh carrier was voyaging from Norwegian waters to Sabetta.