A roundup of news and commentary from NGI’s LNG Insight

  • Vessels with up to a 36-foot draft now allowed to transit Calcasieu Ship Channel (CSC) during day, allowing ballast LNG vessels to transit waterway. Fully loaded LNG vessels, with drafts of about 40 feet, unlikely to meet restrictions, but possibility remains for partially loaded ships to transit.
  • Rock barge still underwater in CSC. U.S. Port authorities expected to move an LNG tanker inbound to Cameron Tuesday in a test. CSC is 400 feet wide and sunken barge obstructing only a portion of the waterway. 
  • After several days of dredging near barge, the unobstructed portion is now likely wide enough for LNG tankers to pass, said EBW Analytics Group of port authorities’ reason to move ahead with test.
  • ClipperData: Cameron hasn’t loaded a vessel since Oct. 5. Three vessels are waiting in the Gulf of Mexico to access facility. 
  • Exports have resumed at Sabine Pass LNG after a semi-submersible drilling rig grounded in the Sabine Bank Channel. Palu LNG departed Monday, while tanker Sten Clear Sky is now docked there, according to ClipperData.