BW Gemini VLGC Starts Sea And Gas Trials

BW LPG has said that a week-long sea and gas trials have kicked off for Very Large Gas Carrier (VLGC) BW Gemini which has been retrofitted with pioneering LPG dual-fuel propulsion technology. 

The shipowner said that the 2015-built 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.

“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,” BW LPG said.

Pontus Berg, BW LPG Executive Vice President (Technical and Operations) said: “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.”

“Decarbonization 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,” the company said.

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