On 6th December 2014, Gazprom Marketing & Trading (GM&T) recorded its first ship-to-ship (STS) transfer of LNG at sea when two of its long-term chartered LNG carriers, Pskov and Yenisei River, completed the operation successfully. The delivery vessel, Pskov, had loaded a cargo of 146 500 m3 of LNG at the port of Sagunto in Spain. Yenisei River, the receiving vessel of the operation, had completed a discharge in Futtsu, Japan and was proceeding towards Singapore with heel on board. During her voyage to the Far East, GM&T’s Shipping team started looking at the feasibility of conducting a STS transfer of LNG from Pskov to Yenisei River in the vicinity of Singapore.
The operation was conducted safely, without any environmental incidents, and in a timely manner. This was achieved due to the involvement of SPT, careful planning, prior preparations, close communications between all concerned parties, and the skills of both Pskov and Yenisei River officers and crew, who all ensured that the operation came to a successful conclusion.