In November last year, the Grain liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal set a European record for gas exports, when it exported 698GWh of gas to the UK grid – enough to supply all of London and the South East.
Continuing to go from strength to strength … within the last three months 30 vessels have discharged at the terminal, which hasn’t seen so many ships arrive at its jetties in such a short period since commissioning the first jetty in 2005.
Plant, equipment and jetties have been in constant operation, so teams across the site have had to be vigilant in keeping the high standards of customer service, health and safety.
Of the 30 vessels, 16 were new to the terminal, which brings its own challenges as all vessels that arrive at the terminal must go through an approval process that requires a compatibility study and physical inspection of the vessel. This meant that the team of inspectors from Caltec Safety Ltd had to spend time away from home being ferried in small boats from one ship to another in rough seas. Despite the challenges, they managed to complete all approvals in time with no delays to customers.
Winter is always a busy period for the terminal and extensive cooperation and coordination between internal teams, third party contractors, customers, vessel operator’s, port authorities, pilots/tugs and shipping agents has been vital to successfully berthing all these ships.
Roy Thomas, Marine Superintendent, commented: “One thing that did stand out for me when attending the vessels/berthing is everybody’s enthusiasm and willingness to assist where needed; mostly in the early hours of the morning, in the wind and rain, during the Christmas and New Year period.
“James Levermore, Marine Supervisor and Deputy PFSO made sure the vessels arrived and berthed safely – as always without fault – thank you James.
“Finally, I would personally like to thank all you shift/jetty engineers and maintenance technicians for your efforts. We had no complaints over this busy period.”
Find out more on the Grain LNG website.