The SPT team possesses a unique blend of maritime experience and practical, problem-solving expertise.  With a strong history in ship-to-ship (STS) cargo transfer, SPT has strategically pursued a leadership position supporting the LNG industry. SPT can capably service the needs of customers in many areas including project management, facilities management, and LNG ship-to-ship (STS) cargo transfers. From concept to completion, SPT has established a solid reputation as an innovative solutions provider to the LNG industry.


SPT Marine Services, Limited

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Tyne and Wear

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SPT used their LNG ship to ship transfer expertise recently in Japan.  A commissioning and full cold trial LNG Ship-To-Ship Transfer was successfully completed between the 125,000 m³ LNGC LNG Taurus, chartered by JAPEX (Japan Petroleum Exploration Co.,LTD), owned and operated by MOL (Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd.), and the coastal 3,500 m³ LNGC Akebono Maru, chartered by JAPEX, owned and operated by Shinwa Chemical tankers.

The ship-to-ship transfer of LNG planned and operated by JAPEX is the first of its kind in Japan and is fully compliant with the new SIGTTO LNG STS guidelines.  SPT also added support and advice to the project when going through the approval process with the Japanese government and coastguard. This advice was important in obtaining the blessing of the government agencies, as this operation is the first of its kind to be conducted in Japanese waters.

To help with this pioneering operation, JAPEX sought the assistance of SPT, which specializes in LNG transfer and STS operations.  SPT provided the LNG STS specific technical knowledge and expertise to develop the STS system and procedures.  SPT also provided consultancy, training and commissioning services.

The project success would not have been possible without close cooperation between JAPEX, SPT, MOL and Shinwa Chemical Tankers.