In May, the Maritime Administration and the Coast Guard received an application from Delfin LNG for the licensing of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export deepwater port (DWP) terminal to be built in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana. The Coast Guard deemed the application complete on June 29.

Delfin wants to build, own, and operate a DWP terminal in the Gulf to liquefy natural gas for export to Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and non-FTA nations. The proposed terminal would be located in federal waters approximately 43 to 47 miles off the coast of Cameron Parish, La., in approximately 64 to 72 feet of water. The terminal would consist of four semi-permanently moored FLNGVs (floating liquefied natural gas vessel) and would reuse and repurpose two existing offshore natural gas pipelines. The LNG would be stored onboard the FLNGV and transferred via ship-to-ship transfer.

Each FLNGV would have a total LNG storage capacity of 165,000 cubic meters. An offloading mooring system on each FLNGV will be able to handle an LNG trading carrier side-by-side for cargo transfer of LNG. The LNG carriers would be moored with pilot and tug assists.

David Krapf has been editor of WorkBoat, the nation’s leading trade magazine for the inland and coastal waterways industry, since 1999. He is responsible for overseeing the editorial direction of the publication. Krapf has been in the publishing industry since 1987, beginning as a reporter and editor with daily and weekly newspapers in the Houston area. He also was the editor of a transportation industry daily in New Orleans before joining WorkBoat as a contributing editor in 1992. He has been covering the transportation industry since 1989, and has a degree in business administration from the State University of New York at Oswego, and also studied journalism at the University of Houston.