LNG pier


A LNG (liquefied natural gas) pier is a specialized kind of working pier designed for the loading and offloading of liquefied natural gas to/from ships and shore based tanks.

A LNG pier could accommodate LNG carriers of a range of sizes.[1] They may be capable of handling LNG tankers of 70,000 to 217,000 cubic metres (m3) cargo capacity (QFlex); or tankers of 125,000 to 266,000 m3 cargo capacity (QMax).[2] The pier would have at least two insulated lines, one for loading and/or unloading LNG and one for vapor supply or recovery as the vapor space above the LNG changes as the cargo is transferred. Ship-based or shore-based cryogenic pumps[3] are used to transfer the LNG to/from the LNG storage tanks on shore.

Some of these piers are very long, up to 4,000 feet (1,200 m), in order to reach to the depth of water required to accommodate LNG tanker traffic.

See also


  1. ^ Marine Insight. "LNG Tankers – Different Types And Dangers Involved". Marine Insight. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  2. ^ Marine Insight (28 December 2015). "Q-Max Ships: The Largest LNG Ships in the World". Marine Insight. Retrieved 13 June 2020.
  3. ^ Science Direct (1998). "Handbook of Vacuum Science and Technology - Cryogenic Pumps". Science Direct. Retrieved 13 June 2020.