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Exmar VLGC newbuilds pioneer use LPG as marine fuel

05 Mar 2018

Belgium-based liquefied natural gas (LNG), offshore and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) supply chain solutions provider Exmar has chosen to use LPG as a fuel for the main engines of two Very Large Gas Carriers (VLGC) newbuildings.

Lloyds Register performed the role as classification society and MAN Diesel & Turbo as engine maker to develop the LPG fuel system which allows part of the cargo to be used for the vessels’ propulsion.

According to Exmar, both vessels have been contracted to serve long-term commitments with Statoil ASA of Norway for worldwide LPG transportation.

They will be constructed by Hanjin Heavy Industries & Construction at Subic Bay (Philippines) for delivery within the third quarter of 2020.

“Exmar’s expertise and proven track record in LNG and LPG handling enables it to once more play a pioneering role in the gas shipping industry as Statoil ASA’s project will be the first to valorise LPG as marine fuel,” it says.

“Its superior environmental benefits are in the fact that LPG as a fuel does not contain any sulphur and substantially reduces CO2 and NOx emissions whereas particulate matters are almost halved as compared to a fuel-only engine.

“The above reflects EXMAR’s dedicated efforts to support industrial partners with state-of-the-art shipping designs.”

Photo credit: Exmar
Published: 5 March, 2018

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