BW starts LPG retrofit works on first VLGC

BW LPG, a unit of the Singapore-based gas shipping giant BW, has started its programme aimed at converting 12 VLGCs to dual-fuel propulsion.

China’s Yiu Lian shipyard started retrofitting the first carrier BW Gemini to an LPG dual-fuel propulsion on Monday, BW said in a statement.

When complete, BW Gemini would become the world’s first vessel with this technology onboard, the LPG shipper said.

BW starts LPG retrofit works on first VLGC
Image: BW LPG

BW expects the works to take about two months per vessel with the last retrofit scheduled to complete in the second half of 2021.

The company will invest over $100 million in upgrading a part of its fleet to LPG dual-fuel propulsion as it looks to comply with the new IMO rules and slash emissions.

BW LPG owns and operates a fleet of 46 VLGCs, with an average age of 8.7 years.

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