Singapore-based gas carrier operator BW LPG has announced that it has exercised an option for the delivery of four additional LPG dual-fuel engines. With this, BW LPG has committed to retrofit eight vessels with pioneering propulsion technology.
This announcement follows decision taken in August 2018, where BW LPG announced a world’s first initiative to retrofit four LPG dual-fuel engines in its fleet. BW LPG, together with Class (DNV GL), Wärtsilä Gas Solutions and MAN ES, has since subjected the prototype to rigorous tests successfully, with performance exceeding expectations. When retrofitting is complete, BW LPG will reap benefits across many fronts such as fuel cost and voyage efficiencies. Most importantly, this represents a significant step forward in our efforts at reducing air emissions.
The retrofitting of the first four LPG dual-fuel engines into four VLGCs is taking place as planned this year. The decision taken in 2018 was hailed as the world’s first retrofitting contract for MAN’s ME-LGIP engines. Under the contract four MAN B&W 6G60ME-C9.2 HFO-burning engines will be converted to 6G60ME-C9.5-LGIP LPG-propelled dual-fuel engines,
Anders Onarheim, BW LPG CEO said, “As the world’s largest owner and operator of VLGCs, BW LPG leverages on our scale and deep expertise in maritime shipping to invest in R&D and implement pioneering technology onboard that will push our industry towards decarbonisation – technology that can be implemented on at least 50% of current global VLGC fleet without the need for dedicated newbuilding orders. This is our commitment to sustainable development, which we pursue while keeping our focus on safe and reliable operations, so that we can continue to provide industry-leading customer service and generate better returns for our shareholders.”