The first of twelve gas tankers earmarked by Singapore-based tanker owner, BW LPG, for LPG engine conversions has undergone successful sea trials. The 2015-built LPG tanker, BW Gemini, has been equipped with a Wärtsilä LPG Fuel Supply System in a conversion that was also managed by the Finnish technology company.
Wärtsilä provided the design package, system engineering, two 930-m3 fuel tanks, pumps, pump skids, and fuel supply and cargo handling system for the 84,000m3 tanker. The company’s LPG Fuel Supply System is available either as a standalone product, or as part of an integrated LPG cargo handling package.
Oslo-listed BW LPG has intended to complete the first two conversions this year – the BW Gemini and the BW Leo. The other ten tankers will have their engines converted when their next surveys fall due.
Pontus Berg, BW LPG’s executive vice president, Technical and Operation, said: “LPG is powering this vessel while protecting the environment, and we look forward to demonstrating its benefits to the industry as shipping prepares for a future with zero-carbon propulsion. BW LPG thanks Wärtsilä for its collaboration on this industry-leading innovation, and for sharing our vision of achieving sustainability through cleaner energy.”
Wärtsilä Gas Solutions specialises in technologies relating to the handling, storage, transfer, boil-off management, the use of gas as fuel, gas to power, liquefaction, and biogas initiatives.