BW’s ME-GI LNG newbuild wrapping up gas trials

BW LNG’s new ME-GI carrier recently left the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering yard in South Korea for gas trials.

ME-GI is short for M-type, electronically controlled, gas-injection propulsion. The vessel also features a reliquefaction system.

It is BW’s fifth ME-GI newbuilding in a series of nine ships ordered at the Korean yard.

ME-GI vessels have a fuel saving potential compared to previous generations of TFDE and steam-powered vessels of 35 percent and 50 percent, respectively, according to BW LNG.

Norway-based BW LNG is a unit of the Singapore-based gas shipping giant BW Group.

The company’s newest LNG carrier named BW Pavilion Aranthera has a capacity of 173,400 cubic meters.

This is the second ship that will go on charter to Singapore’s Pavilion as part of a deal signed in 2018.

Daewoo delivered the first LNG carrier out of this batch, BW Pavilion Aranda, to the owner in September last year.

Pavilion and BW formed a joint venture in 2014 to acquire, manage and charter maritime LNG assets, including carriers.

The joint venture’s fleet includes two Singapore-flagged LNG carriers, the BW Pavilion Vanda and the BW Pavilion Leeara.

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