Trio of LNG tankers set new milestone for expanded Panama Canal

For the first time since the Panama Canal’s expansion in 2016 three liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers transited the waterway in less than a day, according to Bloomberg.

Gaslog Hong Kong (93,557 dwt, built 2018) and Gaslog Gibraltar (87,981 dwt, built 2016) plus Clean Ocean (89,956 dwt, built 2014) made the journey from the Pacific side to the Atlantic side, starting on Tuesday and finishing the crossing by early on Wednesday.

It reflects the booming trade in LNG.

Earlier this week Dominion Energy’s Cove Point Terminal in Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, saw it’s first official contracted LNG export shipment depart.

That made Cove Point the second LNG export facility in the lower 48 states of the US, after Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass in Louisiana.

And several more US export plants – either newly built or repurposed import facilities – are in the works.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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