Hi David,

In order for a fire to happen, a number of things must occur simultaneously: there must be a loss of containment of LNG, the right fuel to air ratio (five-to-15 per cent) and there must be a spark. These conditions are highly unlikely to occur given the complex containment systems, double-hull protection and emergency shut-off, and fire protection systems on LNG carriers, the local marine expertise and the weather conditions that are common in a large fjord like Howe Sound.

To learn more about what would happen in the unlikely event of an LNG spill, you may want to view our Q&A video on vapour clouds featuring Colin Rettie, CEng, MIMarEST, Director of ARC: https://youtu.be/sequsesjhdE