The Transportation of LNG by Ship

  • A. V. Pastuhov
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Cryogenic Engineering book series (ACRE, volume 12)


The MV Methane Pioneer made her maiden voyage with 5000 m3 of LNG on January 28, 1959; this voyage marked the birth of a new source of energy. Before that time, natural gas had been available only by pipe-line gas transmission and, therefore, had been limited mostly to markets which could be reached by land. The successful voyage opened the possibility for new enterprises; that is, liquefying natural gas at its geological source (e.g., Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela; Cook Inlet, Alaska; Borneo; and Algeria, where the market was indeed very limited) and transporting it by ship either across the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans to a gas-starved area such as England or Japan. Since 1959, these enterprises have proven to be the beginning of a new industry, the growth of which has been governed by the price of gas at the well-head, the costs of ship transportation, and the need for this ‘‘clean’’ fuel; by 1968 the world’s total combined ship capacity will be more than 250,000 m3, a significant increase over the MV Methane Pioneer’s load of 5000 m3.


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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1967

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. V. Pastuhov
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  1. 1.A. D. Little, Inc.CambridgeUSA

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