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The conditions for rollover during laden voyage of LNG carriers

A danger associated with cargo density is the phenomenon of rollover. The conditions for rollover are set when a tank’s liquid contents stratify so that a heavier layer forms above a less-dense lower layer. Rollover is the spontaneous mixing which takes place to reverse this instability. Rollover, in either a ship or shore tank, can result in boil-off rates ten times greater than normal, causing over-pressurization, the lifting of relief valves and the release to atmosphere of considerable quantities of vapours or even two-phase mixtures.

When the cargo tank is kept closed during loaded voyage, the BOG rate naturally drops. The flow of heat into cargo tanks influences to raise the liquid temperature and as this result involves the danger of leading to an excessive temperature difference between the liquid LNG on board and that in receiving cargo tanks ashore, causing a rollover in such shore tanks. The maintenance of high tank pressure on loaded voyage has a limitation in this sense, too. .

LNG carrier seaway

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  5. Initial Cool Down of cargo tanks

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Initial Cool Down of cargo tanks

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Minor or major leaks from LNG tanks

Procedures for LNG cargo loading

Procedures for LNG cargo discharging

External links :

  1. IMO publications

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