LNG has been safely shipped around the world for over 60 years without a single loss of containment.
Woodfibre LNG anticipates there will be one LNG carrier calling at the terminal every 10 days (approximately 2-3 per month).
Did you know? Travelling at 8 knots, an LNG carrier will be much slower than a BC Ferry, which travels at 20 knots.
LNG carriers are double hulled ships specifically designed to handle liquefied natural gas at its -162ºC temperature. To protect against accidents, there is more than six feet of space between the inner and outer hulls and the cargo tanks. LNG carriers are also equipped with state of the art radar navigation systems, leak detection and emergency shutdown technology, to ensure safety and security. LNG is shipped and stored at near atmospheric pressure (less than an average garden hose).
Did you know? LNG carriers in Howe Sound will be escorted by two tugs.
Carriers will be guided by at least two tugboats to ensure they stay on course, and follow the rules of marine traffic including speed limits. The escort vessels also manage the area around the vessel to prevent conflicts with ferries and pleasure crafts. BC Coast Pilots will be on-board to ensure that appropriate communication, safe practices, traffic routing, and safety procedures are always followed.
Vessels from the Woodfibre LNG site will pass through Howe Sound, through the existing shipping routes of Georgia Strait and Haro Strait, to the Pacific Ocean.
Woodfibre LNG is also working with commercial and recreational users of Squamish Harbour to develop a plan that ensures the safe shared use of the Howe Sound during the construction and operation of the Project.