Winterization Guidelines for LNG/CNG Carriers in Arctic Environments. (eBook)

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January 2006

Winterization Guidelines for LNG/CNG Carriers in Arctic Environments. (eBook)

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This paper presents and summarizes the ABS Guide for Vessels Operating in Low Temperature Environments and the design and operational challenges to be met. (14pp)

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Vast reserves of gas and oil are expected to be developed in the offshore areas of the Russian Arctic. Atlantic states in North America and Europe are expected to be the chief consumers of this energy. Difficulties in piping gas and oil across vast stretches of arctic land mass, and the difficulty and time required to build such pipelines, suggest that significant quantities of this gas and oil will be transported by ship from both the Russian Arctic region and the Baltic Sea. Year-round carriage by sea will place extreme challenges on the ships and their crews. This paper discusses those ship design and operation challenges for this trade. There are two related perspectives of this paper:
- winterization of vessels operating in the arctic environment
- implications for design, winterization, and operations due to the needs of humans operating under arctic conditions.

From the first perspective, traditional consideration is given to winterization issues, such as de-icing, ice effects mitigation (such as sea chest designs), interaction between ice breakers and their escorted ships, piping arrangements, fire fighting arrangements and main/auxiliary machinery. The second considers the implications on ship design, winterization, and operation to meet the requirements and needs of the crew. These include concerns related to: environmental controls, cold weather clothing, crew support and habitability, human performance in cold weather, safety and medical issues, personnel characteristics, and machinery operation and maintenance.

The paper presents and summarizes the ABS Guide for Vessels Operating in Low Temperature Environments providing standards for the winterization and human support and operation of vessels operating in arctic conditions.

Paper Delivered by:
Egil Legland
Robert Conachey
Ge Wang
Cliff Baker
(all of the American Bureau of Shipping, USA)

Prepared for:
Gastech Abu Dhabi 2006

For over 45 years, the Gastech Exhibition & Conference has been at the forefront of the international gas and LNG market. This world-renowned event is regarded as the most significant meeting place for gas and LNG professionals, where the global industry gathers to do business.

Gastech hosts major IOCs, NOC’s, global utility companies, EPC contractors, shipbuilders, pipeline companies, manufacturers, distributors, technology and service providers, all who play an active role in the global energy value chain.

Title: Winterization Guidelines for LNG/CNG Carriers in Arctic Environments. (eBook)
Product Code: 4433g125
Published Date: January 2006

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