LPG Fuelled VLGC Undergoing Sea Trials with Wartsila Fuel System
Sea and gas trials for a Very Large Gas Carrier featuring the technology group Wartsila’s pioneering liquefied petroleum gas Fuel Supply System are
successfully completed. The ‘BW Gemini’, owned and operated by BW LPG a company registered at Oslo stock exchange, is the world’s first VLGC to be fuelled by LPG. The use of LPG as fuel reduces emissions of sulphur oxides by some 97 percent, and is viewed as being an important step towards the decarbonisation of shipping. The sea trials commenced on October 20, 2020.
The ‘BW Gemini’ was built in 2015 and was retrofitted this year with Wartsila’s ground-breaking LPG Fuel Supply technology. Wärtsilä was designated as the system integrator for the conversion project. This is the first of 12 BW LPG ships to be retrofitted for operating on LPG fuel with the Wärtsilä system.
The Wartsila scope included the system engineering, the ship design for the conversion project, two 930 m3 fuel tanks with the pumps and fuel system, the pump skids, and the cargo handling system.