GLNG brings in 72K tonne ship as LNG production ramps up
A MONSTER 72,220 tonne, 74 metre long LNG carrier was brought into Gladstone's port to help cater for a ramp up in LNG production.
Production from the three LNG facilities - APLNG, GLNG, and QCLNG - is expected to see an extra 25 million tonnes of trade travel through Gladstone's port.
The South Korean built YK Sovereign, a 'Moss-type' LNG carrier, docked at the GLNG facility last Thursday to carry its 25th load since it began exports last year.
Most LNG carriers can be identified by two distinct types of tank construction -- the 'Moss-type' with rounded tanks and the 'membrane-type' with the tanks built into the ship.
The first LNG carrier with rounded tanks was the Norman Lady launched in Stavanger, Norway in 1973.
The membrane-type ships, developed during the 1960s, use a thin flexible metal 'membrane' that is in contact with the ship's cargo.
Prior to 2000, 54 per cent of LNG carriers were the 'Moss-type, mostly because Japanese shipyards were only licensed to build this type of ship.
But now the membrane tanks outnumber the traditional 'Moss-type' LNG carriers.
YK Sovereign departed Gladstone's port on Saturday for Korea.