2004. The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
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This paper highlights the perceived terrorist threat to LNG, particularly to LNG carriers, and discusses how the LNG industry has received such a bad reputation in the public. First, the paper outlines the excellent safety record of the LNG industry. The paper goes on to debunk several common misperceptions about the dangers of LNG and examines the attack on the M/V Limburg in light of some of these misperceptions. The paper also examines the accidental release of LNG in Cleveland, OH in 1944 and explains why this is a poor comparison for today’s LNG operations. The paper concludes that it is in the best interest of the public to have an open debate between industry and anti-LNG lobbies based on factual evidence and not sensationalism.
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