Britannia P&I’s Loss Prevention team published an informational paper on the best way to transfer personnel from one ship to another. There’s a variety of ways to do so, but the most important thing is safety. Generally, the operations are all different as they hide different dangers, concerning the ‘product’ being transferred.
Ship to Ship transfer
Petroliam Nasional Bhd (PETRONAS), through its subsidiary PETRONAS LNG Ltd (PLL), announced another successful completion of LNG break bulk ship-to-ship transfer, that was recently conducted in Brunei Bay. The STS transfers through Arctic and Polar Spirit vessels were conducted in 72 hours, manifesting a just-in-time (JIT) principle, driving the operational cost to the minimum level.
The North Korean-flagged tanker Saebyol, which was transmitting as a fishing boat, was spotted alongside a vessel of unknown nationality on the high seas, conducting a prohibited ship-to-ship transfer as the Royal Navy reported.
Excelerate Energy and Equinor Energy completed the first-ever ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of LNG in The Bahamas on February 7, 2019. The STS was conducted using Excelerate’s 150,900 cbm floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) Exemplar and Equinor’s 142,759 cbm LNG carrier Arctic Voyager.
Texas-based Excelerate Energy said its floating storage and regasification unit Exquisite completed the company’s 1,500th ship-to-ship LNG transfer operation. The transmit occurred at the Engro Elengy Terminal in Pakistan, according to the company.
Japanese shipping company MOL published a video of the world’s largest floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) in operation in the Turkish port of Dörtyol, Hatay. The FSRU Challenger began operations in Turkey on February 2018. The floating storage and regasification unit has an LNG storage capacity of 263,000 cubic meters and has re-shipment and gas transfer capabilities.
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.
Royal Dutch Shell Plc is guilty of a small amount of crude oil spill during a ship-to-ship oil transfer in Brazilian waters on November, as the company confirmed to Reuters.
The US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned two Russian shipping companies and six vessels that were involved in ship-to-ship transfers of refined petroleum products with North Korea-flagged vessels, something that is prohibited by the UN Security Council.
The US accused North Korea of breaching the UN sanctions on refined petroleum, as illegal transfers between ships at sea took place. As a result, the US demanded an immediate stop to all sales of the fuel. The US said that these transfers, are breaching the UN sanctions.
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