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BW LPG begins sea trials for world’s first VLGC retrofitted with LPG dual fuel tech

28 Oct 2020

Norwegian liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessel owner and operator BW LPG on Wednesday (21 October) announced the start of a week-long sea and gas trials for its Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) BW Gemini which has been retrofitted with pioneering LPG dual-fuel propulsion technology.

BW Gemini has achieved a historic milestone as the world’s first VLGC to be fuelled by Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG), with the retrofitted main engine running on LPG and switching to traditional fuel seamlessly, it said. 

The retrofitting process at Yiu Lian Dockyard in Shenzhen, China took approximately 60 days and is estimated to have emitted 2,060 tons of carbon dioxide. This is approximately 97% lower when compared to ordering a newbuilding with similar technology, noted the company.

The retrofit involved a switch from MAN Energy Solutions’ MAN B&W 6G60ME-C9.2 type to an MAN B&W 6G60ME- LGIP dual-fuel type capable of operating on fuel oil and LPG.

“Strong commitment by the Board and Management to sustainable business operations have translated to this milestone achievement. Heartiest congratulations to the talented people, both at BW LPG and our industry partners, who collaborated for years to deliver on a shared vision,” said Anders Onarheim, CEO, BW LPG.

“LPG is powering our vessels while protecting the environment. With over 80 years of experience in LPG handling, we look forward to demonstrating its benefits to the industry and prepare for the future of zero-carbon propulsion,” added Pontus Berg, Executive Vice President (Technical and Operations), BW LPG.

Decarbonisation is one of the industry’s main challenges and a core commitment of BW LPG in the pursuit of sustainable development. Using LPG as fuel for propulsion is a pioneering and promising solution for sustainable shipping.

To see an Augmented Reality model of BW Gemini, scan the QR code attached.

Photo credit: BW LPG
Published: 28 October, 2020

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