Published April 26, 2023

The Philippines’ first-ever LNG Cargo has been delivered to AG&P’s LNG import terminal in Batangas Bay. Vitol Asia has supplied this first LNG Cargo in partnership with San Miguel Global Power. The Ship-to-Ship transfer has been conducted in Subic and would arrive in Batangas on April 26. The next cargo would be done on June 6.

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The Golar Glacier alongside The Ish (LNG Ships)
Captain Arthur Ric Andres in the discussion room for their initial strategic discussion
From left to right: Captain Tommy Dahl, Captain Jose Talag, Captain Harold Janda, and Captain Herbert Delos Santos

The LNG will be utilized by the power plants of the Philippines, which could initially replace the use of coal which would lessen CO2 emissions. The transfer of the LNG would be done by Ship-to-Ship transfer.

From left to right: Captain Jose Talag, Captain Arthur Ric Andres, and Captain Herbert Delos Santos
From left to right: Captain Harold Janda, Captain Jose Talag, and Captain Herbert Delos Santos as they discuss the strategies for berthing the vessel.

In preparation for the berthing of the LNG mothership, Batangas Bay Pilots along with Captain Tommy Dahl of AG&P, trained at the Norwegian Training Center in Pasay City last April 12-15, 2023. Guided by our Training Officer, Captain Arthur Ric Andres. They took a 5-day (compressed into 4 days) Ship to Ship Lightering with Ship Maneuvering & Handling course. This course tackles different scenarios of Ship handling like LNG Spherical unberthing with 4 tugs (Nighttime) in rough weather, Spherical LNG unberthing with two tugs (Daytime), and many more. Ship handling principles were discussed along with the familiarization of the simulator, while STS Transfer Guide was on the next day.  On the last three days, they then tried the different possible scenarios/simulation exercises in berthing the LNG cargo.