Singapore-based ship operator BW LPG has announced the successful start of a week-long sea and gas trials for 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 a retrofitted main engine running on LPG and switching to traditional fuel seamlessly.
The retrofitting process at Yiu Lian Dockyard in Shenzhen, China, took approximately 60 days and is estimated to have emitted 2,060 tonnes of carbon dioxide This is approximately 97% lower when compared to ordering a newbuilding with similar technology.
Anders Onarheim, BW LPG CEO said, “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.”
Pontus Berg, BW LPG Executive Vice President (Technical and Operations) added, “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.”