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Fendercare provides STS support for offshore LNG operations

LNG Industry,

Worldwide operator in ship-to-ship (STS) transfers and offshore marine services, Fendercare Marine, has provided STS support services for the first open sea’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) STS operations for two of the world’s leading gas majors.

The LNG STS operations were carried out in the Eastern Mediterranean with a number of 152 000 cm3 membrane tank LNG carriers, and most recently a 135 000 cm3 moss type carrier; all delivering cargo to one of Excelerate Energy’s 138 000 cm3 floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU). These were the first open sea LNG STS operations for either major.

Fendercare Marine is the world's largest operator of genuine Yokohama brand pneumatic fenders and supplied Yokohama Jumbo fenders for the operations, in conjunction with additionally supplied ship-specific mooring equipment and a dedicated rigger to assist with the secure mooring and unmooring of the oil major LNG carriers. Two large ASD tugs provided assistance as well as guard duties ensuring the operations were extradited without interruption.


Fendercare Marine underwent simulation sessions to emulate the predicted sea states they would face. This provided the necessary feedback for the company to tailor a mooring system to suit. Further simulator sessions allowed for extensive testing of various emergency break away situations.

Adapted from press release by Ted Monroe

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