In the paper some principal concerns are voiced on the field layout of the GBS LNG receiving terminals that are currently proposed for the Gulf of Mexico. The paper describes the design of a Single Point Mooring (SPM) system for ‘ship to shore’ transfer of LNG in shallow water. The system can accommodate non-dedicated LNG carriers and is characterized by a robust and high capacity cryogenic product system. It addresses the conceptual design and analysis work done and describes the model basin tests performed for an offshore LNG import terminal for the Gulf of Mexico. Moreover, the operational aspects, in specific the berthing and unloading of an LNG Carrier offshore to an SPM system are addressed. The work was done in the course of a cooperative research study instigated by the US Department of Energy on a salt cavern based LNG receiving terminal for the Gulf of Mexico.

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