The technology group Wartsila’s industry leading R&D investments in enabling liquefied petroleum gas to become a viable marine fuel has resulted in a further order for the company’s LPG Fuel Supply System. Oslo-listed BW LPG, the world’s largest LPG shipping company, has ordered the system to be retrofitted to three very large gas carrier vessels. BW LPG had previously ordered four Wartsila LFSS’ in 2018 and an additional eight systems in February 2020. This latest order placed in November 2020, thus brings the total to be delivered to the same customer to 15, thereby emphasising their satisfaction with the technology.
The initial order was placed following Wartsila’s successful full-scale testing of the system in 2018 with a full-sized 2-stroke marine engine operating on LPG fuel. This was the world’s first such testing protocol. For the retrofitting, Wärtsilä has been designated as the system integrator, which involves not only installation of the system, but also the required ship design modifications.