In 50 years, no LNG shipping incidents at sea

These LNG carriers are designed for the safe transport of LNG.

I am writing to respond to information published in a recent article regarding Woodfibre LNG (“Metro Vancouver board votes to oppose oil pipeline,” May 15).

Woodfibre LNG Limited is proposing to build a liquefied natural gas processing and export facility at the site of a former pulp mill, about seven kilometres from Squamish. If our project is approved and built, it would bring an LNG (liquiefied natural gas) carrier along established shipping lanes in Howe Sound about three to four times each month, not twice per day as suggested in the article.

These LNG carriers are designed for the safe transport of LNG, including complex containment systems and double-hull protection. In fact, in the more than 50 years LNG has been shipped around the world, there has never been a recorded incident involving a loss of containment of an LNG carrier at sea.

In addition, each LNG carrier arriving at the Woodfibre LNG terminal will be escorted by at least three tugboats, one of which will be tethered, and piloted by two BC Coast Pilots who are experts on our coast.

To ask questions of our project experts, visit


John French, Community Relations Manager,

Woodfibre LNG Limited

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