The design of port lay-outs and terminals suitable for LNG-carriers has to meet exceptionally high safety standards. The highly sensitive subject is always treated by the responsible parties with the utmost concern for the design of inherently safe terminals. This is reached through the careful choice of the terminal location within the port and the definition of strict nautical procedures around the entrance, transit, mooring and loading/unloading of the vessel. In this article, an outline is given of the maritime issues to be addressed if LNG offloading is envisaged. The issues are grouped around four main themes: • Port infrastructure design; • Nautical ship operations; • Overall Port Shipping Safety; • Training.