Singapore LNG Corporation (SLNG) has performed its first vessel cool-down service, following an agreement signed with Malaysian shipping company MISC.
This is the first agreement for vessel cool-down services that SLNG has entered into, and the first cool-down was performed on one of MISC's LNG ships, the Seri Bakti. SLNG began commercial operations on May 7, 2013 and has since been providing throughput services for LNG ships transporting LNG in tanks under cryogenic temperatures (around -160C).
'Cool-down' is an operation to pre-cool cargo tanks and lines required before taking on cryogenic LNG. Cargo tank cool down is carried out by spraying LNG through the spray nozzles of each cargo tank, using LNG received from the shore terminal.
SLNG chief executive officer Neil McGregor said Singapore is a major ship repair and maintenance centre, and its location in the middle of major LNG shipping routes and in close proximity to key shipbuilding centres such as South Korea, Japan and China, will further help to attract customers.