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Yamal LNG commences ship-to-ship LNG transfers

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According to the latest Reuters report, a tanker from the Yamal LNG project is undertaking the transfer of an LNG cargo to another vessel off the northern coast of Norway.

Both the Arc7 ice-breaking LNG tanker Vladimir Rusanov and the lower Arctic-classed Pskov LNG tanker are currently anchored off Honningsvag, and the commencement of a ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of LNG between the two vessels has been confirmed by Jan Morten Hansen (regional director at the Norwegian Coastal Administration).

It is looking likely that this type of operation will become a regular event, now that Novatak has been increasing production at Yamal LNG since exporting its first cargo in December 2017. The project’s output was previously constrained by a lack of Artic-classed vessels.

STS transfers allow the project’s fleet of ice-breaker vessels to offload their cargoes more quickly and then return to the Yamal peninsula to be reloaded. This eliminates the constraint of the project only having a limited number of Artic-class LNG vessels at its disposal, however it does create demand for more standard LNG carrying vessels instead.

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