LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana — The Coast Guard recently certified the first ship to carry liguid natural gas from a new export facility starting up in Southwest Louisiana.
The United States Coast Guard issued the 'initial Certificate of Compliance' to the LNG carrier ship 'Marvel Crane' on May 28 at the Cameron LNG Terminal in Hackberry, Louisiana.
The Certificate of Compliance authorized the vessel to carry liquefied gas cargo from the U.S. to ports around the world according to a United States Coast Guard news release.
The Marvel Crane is the first LNG carrier ship to take natural gas from the facility, which is in the process of completing a $10 billion expansion project according to the release.
The vessel was examined by a team of Coast Guard LNGC experts according to the release. The cargo system, machinery spaces, navigation equipment, fire fighting systems and safety equipment were all examined to ensure compliance with U.S. and international laws, regulations and treaties according to the release.
President Donald J. Trump recently spoke at the expanding facility, covering several topics, including energy industry development in the United States.
From a United States Coast Guard news release:
LAKE CHARLES, Louisiana. — Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Lake Charles issued the initial Certificate of Compliance to the liquid natural gas carrier Marvel Crane, May 28, 2019, at the Cameron LNG Terminal located in Hackberry, Louisiana.
The COC authorized the vessel to carry liquefied gas cargo from the United States to ports around the world.
The Marvel Crane is the first LNGC to transport natural gas from the Southwest Louisiana LNG facility, which is in the process of completing a $10 billion expansion project. Cameron LNG is one of several LNG export projects planned for Southwest Louisiana in the next five to ten years.
The vessel’s examination was conducted by a team of Coast Guard LNGC subject matter experts whom reviewed the vessel’s cargo system, machinery spaces, navigation equipment, fire fighting systems, and safety equipment to ensure compliance with United States and international laws, regulations, and treaties.
The Coast Guard has regulatory jurisdiction to examine foreign vessels carrying LNG in bulk quantities while conducting trade in the United States.
“Vessel examinations are a key part of the Coast Guard’s mission to facilitate safe and secure commerce on our nation’s marine transportation system," said Cmdr. Daniel Cost, MSU Lake Charles commanding officer. "With the safety of the public we serve as our highest priority, we assess the safety and security of all cargoes both shipped to the U.S. from all points of origin, as well as those departing United States ports, such as those in Calcasieu and Cameron parishes.”
The LNGC Marvel Crane was built by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. in Nagasaki, Japan, and delivered on March 28, 2019. It is the flagship LNGC for Cameron LNG and is one of several dedicated gas carriers planned to export natural gas from the Southwest Louisiana facility.
Contact Lt. William Hickey, MSU Lake Charles chief of prevention, at 337-491-7800 for additional information.