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BW LPG takes up further options with MAN Energy for three additional LPG-retrofits

17 Dec 2020

German marine engine producer MAN Energy Solutions on Wednesday (16 December) said Oslo-listed BW LPG – the world’s leading owner and operator of LPG vessels – has announced it will retrofit an additional three vessels to use LPG as a bunker fuel.

The operation will upgrade the MAN B&W 6G60ME-C9.2 type engines with MAN B&W 6G60ME-C9.5-LGIP dual-fuel type engines which are capable of operating on both fuel oil and LPG.

The latest development is an expansion of a 4+4+4+3 contract with MAN PrimeServ – MAN Energy Solutions’ after-sales division, it said.

MAN Energy Solutions first announced the first four retrofit orders in September 2018 ahead of the official launch of the ME-LGIP engine at its Research Centre Copenhagen, and exchanged the contract publicly with BW LPG during the event.

Two +4 options were subsequently confirmed with this new +3 option making a total of 15 vessels for ME-LGIP retrofits.

The confirmation of the latest +3 option follows on the heels of the successful ME-LGIP conversion in late-October 2020 of the main engine aboard BW LPG’s LPG carrier, ‘BW Gemini’ making it the world’s first commercial vessel to be propelled by a two-stroke LPG dual-fuel engine.

“Retrofitting allows us to minimise our carbon footprint – the process emits up to 97% less carbon dioxide compared to a newbuilding construction,” said Pontus Berg, Executive Vice President, Technical and Operations, LPG.

“Retrofitting also means that we do not add additional tonnage that the world does not need. In addition, BW LPG’s fleet is already widely recognised amongst charterers for its efficiency, and so retrofitting its vessels to dual-fuel LPG would help to further reinforce the company’s strong reputation in this area.”

“We are very happy to confirm this option for a further three retrofits, which in great part is due to the recent successful conversion of the BW Gemini that has since re-entered service,” added Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President and Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions. 

“Apart from the 15 retrofits for BW LPG, three new orders in November bring our current total of newbuilding orders for the ME-LGIP engine up to 51 – a number we expect to significantly increase this month [December 2020].

“The vast majority of current orders for LPG carriers over 30,000 cubic metres are with ME-LGIP technology, enabling these vessels to use their own cargo as fuel in the future. In my view, LPG as a low-carbon fuel is well on its way to becoming the new market standard in this segment.”

With LPG as a marine fuel, Man Energy noted BW Gemini’s output efficiencies rose by around 10% against fuel oil, which will in turn generate notable gains in total voyage fuel-economics. This, along with other advantages, secures LPG’s position as a long-term, sustainable marine fuel.

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Photo credit: BW LPG
Published: 17 December, 2020

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