Henry J. Linser Jr., Michael J. Drudy, Fred Endrizzi, Anthony A. Urbanelli
Mobil Shipping & Transportation Fairfax, Va.
The LNG tanker Al Zubarah loads at Ras Laffan (Fig. 1; photo by Charles Crowell, 1996).
The LNG fleet as of early 1997 consisted of 99 vessels with total cargo capacity of 10.7 million cu m, equivalent to approximately 4.5 million tons.1
One of the newest additions to the fleet, the 137,000-cu m tanker Al Zubarah (Fig. 1), is five times the size of the original commercial vessel Methane Princess. Al Zubarah's first loading of more than 60,000 tons occurred in December 1996 for delivery to Japanese buyers from the newly commissioned Qa...